Kurt Vonnegut Says…

A person looking out into the sunset on a cliff edge.

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all sorts of things you can’t see from the center. 

Sonia Lipov

My purpose for the blog is to create awareness, in all its forms. I approach all topics with humor but don't let it detract from the essence. I hope that you read or watch each post and take a moment to ponder its meaning. And if you want to engage in conversation, I am SO there.

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11 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    But don’t you think going over the edge (on occasion at least) would be breaking habit? A challenge for discovery, or a chance to work the muscles of your brain and body?

    • Sonia Lipov says:

      Oooo, interesting. I think the opposite. I think going over the edge (towards the center) is the easy way out. It’s the way to where all the stereotyped habits are. So it’s reinforcing bad habits. Because it takes work to climb and get to a vantage point where you can see for yourself and gauge whether the center is where you belong.

      But in another way, being among the masses has its own lessons, challenges, and discoveries. If you’re never in the center, you won’t know where the edges are.

      • Anonymous says:

        Interesting, indeed. It sounds like you’re thinking of this like a mountain. Where you work to climb to get to the top to see everything. Or the negative, like a waterfall, where going with the flow leads you to the edge and over. But think of a two-dimensional wall. You can’t stand on top, and the only way to know what’s on the other side is to climb completely over and live it. You can only know your limits if you test them. When you train for any physical event, you always go farther, do more than the event in order to condition your body over time to get used to it. So it can perform less with ease. Thoughts?

        • Sonia Lipov says:

          Ahhh, yes, with a wall the analogy is a lot more…2D. You either climb it or you don’t. This is reminding me of Plato’s cave allegory (coincidentally the inspiration for The Matrix). “Performing less with ease” is an amazing sentiment, thank you for that. But yes, all depends on the perspective of what your “wall” is, how to get past it, climb it, etc. The tough part is even realizing there’s a wall!

          • Anonymous says:

            Mmm The Matrix and Plato. I suppose in the first film, there are more mirrors than walls, like Neo’s entrance into the Matrix via the mirror (sort of). Literally speaking (as literal as you can get inside the Matrix at least), Neo jumps over the edge of a building with the hope of achieving that which he could not then understand (defying physics), and fails. But he did decide to jump, at the very least for the sake of learning. Somewhat relevant yet trivial Matrix quote: “They’re in the walls.” 🙂

            • Sonia Lipov says:

              And that’s whats creepy about the whole shindig. It IS literal because we make it so. And now that you mentioned the whole mirror-entrance, you’ve got me thinking about Black Mirror, which is a play on the blank screen that looks back at is when we look at our devices. So many connections, woo!

              I’ve found that nothing is trivial in that series. Even the soap bubbles in the opening scenes when he’s talking to his boss are binary. They thought of everything. 🙂

              • Anonymous says:

                As Oscar Wilde put it, “We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.” It seems you’re thinking a lot, too. I would recommend Arthur Conan Doyle if you haven’t read him yet. Well between the timeline of Plato and science fiction likes of The Matrix, but much more intricately mind-menacing. Have a good read and thanks for the discussion!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This quote reminds me of a time this summer when I set out to jump off the 10m high dive! While up there, I realized I had an entirely different view of the world, my city, and the swimming pool 30+ feet below me! I chickened out and wasn’t able to go over the edge of the board…just like the quote says. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    So, we talking mountain-tops here because this could get dangerous.

Wuddya think?