Saturday, June 4, 2011
I've been thinking a lot lately, which is probably a side-effect of having either not enough work, or enough work but no motivation, but I digress.
There's a few things that I (as well as the majority of the world's population) probably find really weird, but don't really comment on because god knows who has the time to think of these things anymore.
Take fluency in terms of language for example. When does one become fluent in a language? When one can carry on an intelligent conversation that goes beyond the whole "hello" "how are you" "quite fabulous thank you"?
Take it from a high school senior taking university-level English, I have encountered people who ONLY know one language and are thoroughly incapable of carrying on an intelligent conversation.
So we can scratch that I guess.
Maybe when you can think and formulate ideas in a language?
I have 3 languages that I consider myself fluent in, and I think in abstract colours with no grammatical structure whatsoever.
So quite frankly, I have no idea.
So this entire thing got me thinking, when do you know if you know a person well?
What kinds of questions do you, being able to state that you know them well, need to be able to answer?
What's their favourite colour?
What was the name of their first beloved childhood pet?
What is the one thing that they need to accomplish so that they can say that they have left a successful existence?
A friend of mine suggested that you need to know them well enough to predict how they would react in certain situations. How they would act, what they would say, what have you.
Alright, I'll take that. I've known my parents for almost 18 years now, I think I know them very well. I can predict most of their reactions, and that is what keeps me on the honour roll, year after year.
But occasionally they throw things at me that are completely out of left field. They react in a way that is completely uncharacteristic of their usual demeanour, and I guess the same holds true for humans in general.
Does that mean I don't know my parents well?
And if that's true, does that mean that none of the people who I hold as important to me are people that I actually KNOW WELL?
It's kind of a weird train of thought to follow.
I have an idea for SOMETHING. I'm just not sure what form that something will take. I also don't know if I'm ready as an artist to do something like this to begin with.
In a nutshell, too much thinking, not enough work being done.
I love Adele. So hard.