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I seriously am writing stuff right now too, I swear

But I have been meaning to share this quote; thanks to kingsnake for sending it my way. I've said this before, only more poorly and in pieces. Thanks, Neil.

from Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys:

If not for hatred, I wouldn't be doing what I do now. I became a pop star because I hated football at school. I hated that whole attitude of being one of the crowd. Becoming a pop star was my revenge. Revenge for being bad at football. For not being athletic. For being mocked.

That's the thing about negative energy, about hatred. It can be positive. It throws into relief all the things you know you like. It tells you, by elimination, what you're about. Sometimes you can only define yourself by what you hate. Hatred becomes an inspiration; it makes you think, "What I'm doing now I totally believe in, and I don't care what other people say." Guided by hatred, you don't have to follow the herd ...

Of course, these days it's more fashionable to be positive. I hate positivity. The problem with positivity is that it's an attitude that's decidedly about lying back, getting screwed, and accepting it. Happily. It's totally apolitical. It's very, very personal and one-on-one. It's not about changing society, it's about caring about yourself. In fact, it's totally about ignoring one's economic role in society, and so it works in favor of the system. Just look at work years of personal consciousness theories have given us: those icons of the status quo, George Bush and John Major.

Positivity is fundamentally middle-class. It's about having the time, the space and the money to sort out where your head is at. Therapy is just another side of positivity. It's a leisure activity, a luxury for people who don't have any real cares. It's new age selfishness, the new way of saying that charity begins at home.

And positivity makes the world stay the same. Hatred is the force that moves society along, for better or for worse. People aren't driven by saying, "Oh wow, I'm at peace with myself." They're driven by their hatred of injustice, hatred of unfairness, of how power is used.

That's as true for pop music as it is for politics. I always feel the reason so much music comes out of Britain is because there's so much hatred. You see or hear something and grow envious. Whereas if your positive reaction is, "Wow, that's great," you just sit back and think how great it is and you don't do anything. You relax.
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"Positivity is fundamentally middle-class. It's about having the time, the space and the money to sort out where your head is at. Therapy is just another side of positivity. It's a leisure activity, a luxury for people who don't have any real cares. It's new age selfishness, the new way of saying that charity begins at home."

Anger does give you an edge, honing your sense of purpose and clarity. I admit I'm far less restless when I'm good and angry. ;)

That's fuckin' fascinating.

It's about more than anger, you know? I mean, I believe in being generally as nice and helpful to people as possible. And sometimes grinning and bearing it is a true kindness. But always acting positive no matter what events befall you ... it's not genuine, it's not honest. It denies a vast majority of the range of human emotion, of what makes us who we are? If you don't acknowledge negative things, how can you possibly work to make them better? If you're not sad, how do you know when you're happy? If you don't strike out against adversity, then how do you take a stand?

If you don't put down the keyboard, how do you quit rambling? ^_^ Done.


For every season there is a time

Oh yeah, for sure. I'm not talking about anger in and of itself for anger's sake at all. Essentially, what my lazy ass self was attempting to articulate was precisely as you countered; that it is sometimes in juxtaposition there is clarity, (negative space as telling as in what is there), and in honesty that we admit we can't look away, nor ignore, that something must be done, that it's time to get angry. That it's time to do something about run-on sentences, damnit!

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