Well, this thread did inspire me to change my avatar as well. Don't get me wrong - I have nothing wrong with dark imagery. After seeing the unicorn,
I thought of doing something ironic and over-the-top happy.
Stark contrast is certainly a common attention getter as well as a common way to have fun. LOL.
I couldn't think of anything so I abandoned that idea, but the image of a smiley face popped into my head and inspired a more "serious" yet
light-hearted and uplifting idea. So, there is it.
It would probably be hard to find a more pervasive symbol supposedly standing for happiness. One of my B.A. program buddies hated the happy face.
He was reared by his grandmother . . . pretty estranged from most folks . . . a musician . . . seemed to get most of his jollys rebelling against
whatever other groups and particularly whatever any authority stood for--particularly any RELIGIOUS authority or group. Last I heard, his life had
turned rather conflicted and miserable.
For the kiddies and the 'squares' who don't know the reference the S.M.I.L.E. acronym was coined by Dr. Timothy Leary, PhD, who regardless of
MK-Ultra and conspiracy claims (which I am not qualified to judge,) wrote some very inspirational and brilliant books.
Have never been a fan of his. The CREDO Navy program hired the government's expert on '___' to give our 10 member staff a week or so's instruction
on what was known about it, at that time--given that our program was one effort to impact the drug abuse problem in the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine
At this point, I don't trust much of any part of the government about such topics . . . and increasingly about little else.
Brilliance? Knowledge puffs up. Great knowledge seems to puff up greatly.
I have always thought of Leary as one of the most arrogant blokes of our era. And I've felt that his advice about anything was likely to be a sure
fire route to great disappointment if not great hurt.
But those are my biases.
In terms of the acronym . . . I think that fits in with the ET/watcher/fallen angel/nephilium/globalist agenda rather tidily.
How much of a charade, hoax, deception all that is likely to be remains to be emphatically proven. However, it's my conviction that it's all
wholesale hoax and a most destructive deception, at that.
As to the topic at hand, I think it can be empowering and liberating to explore a dark aesthetic.
It can also be very redemptive & helpful to pump out a full septic tank.
In my personal experience as well as the experiences of 100's of counselees--more like thousands counting the groups--as well as the experiences of
many members of a number of other social groups . . . "exploring a dark aesthetic" has entailed being snared, trapped, seduced into long lasting and
very destructive bondage of one sort or another. Therefore, it's not something I encourage folks to do.
The beautiful face of evil is exceedingly seductive and very effectively skillfully seductive, at that.
One can be spreading light and love and peace without wearing brightly colored clothes and flowers in their hair.
And, actually, wearing brightly colored clothes and flowers in one's hair can be a grand charade hiding all manner of dark and evil crud.
Appearances can be deceptive all directions.
It's like saying someone who wears black and listens to heavy metal and even enjoys "Satanic" imagery is somehow advancing the NWO agenda. I
don't buy that BS.
Not my perspective . . . having studied the NWO agenda since fall 1965.
I'm convinced that the assertion above is poorly informed.
1. Either there is a character called satan, or there isn't.
2. If there is, I'm highy skeptical that he's remotely good in any respect.
3. I'm convinced that all the Bible has to say about him is entirely accurate. When I've rebelled against that description, the cost has been high.
When I've believed and followed the Biblical exhortations about the character, the fruit has been MUCH healthier. Add to my personal experience the
100's of experiences of counselees and others . . . I'm pretty well convinced to my bone marrow.
4. The globalist NWO agenda is a tyrannical global government.
5. The Bible declares that the era that includes Israel becoming a nation again in a day (1948), will experience a satanically controlled global
6. Pretending those two elements in 4 & 5 above are meaningless benign coincidence is beyond fool-hardy, to me.
The real enemies wear suits and ties and hide behind bleached white smiles.
No argument on that score.
I've met more metalheads, goths and punks who are doing more to spread peace and freedom than those who "hide in the light," including some of the
"white light" New Age types (although I agree with much of their ideas, it can too easily become a dogma like any other.)
No greatly significant argument with the above . . . with some qualification . . . depends on a number of factors . . . polluted wells don't produce
On another note, creative expression (avatars included) is often a reflection of the world around us as well as the world inside of us. So it is
natural that many would create images that reflect the darkness of our current society as well as the inner turmoil that it creates in those who
strive towards more positive ideals.
I wholesale agree with that.
And it is the sources of such . . . tendencies dealing with the 'out there' and the 'within' that are of great curiosity, to me.
1. What specific inner and outer factors tilt a given individual toward darker themes, values, choices vs healthier ones?
2. Is there a point in dabbling with darker things when any objectivity is wholesale obliterated? What are the implications of that?
3. How quickly does some element of 'other control' begin to get such a tight grip on an individual that the individual increasingly finds it
difficult to break free of--IF--the individual even wakes up sufficiently to realize there might be a desperate NEED to break free.
I probably have a list of additional questions in the ball park.
To your avatar . . .
Seems like you certainly came up with a bright, cheery appearing avatar.
For some reason . . . I keep having a more than subtle impression that . . . I could look away . . . and then back . . . and see some sharp teeth and
a hideous grin in the smiley face. Not sure where that's coming from. LOL.
I think when one adds the words for the acronym . . . the image is much more complicated.
Space Migration brings into mind at least some very dramatic ponderings, images, concerns . . . who's going where? Someone coming here? Who? Good?
Bad? Humans going somewhere? When? Why? How? Who gets chosen? Who gets left? Why?
Some of those thoughts may be less than cheery.
Intelligence Increase can be readily construed as positive . . . though some may quickly think . . . Hmmmm who gets chosen for the IQ increase? How?
Why? Who gets left out? Why?
Life Extension certainly sounds attractive. However, similar questions accrue--Who gets chosen? Who gets left out? Why?
All such can become quickly more than a little disquieting.
--some slight . . . oh, goodness, ANOTHER smiley face! LOL.
Thanks much for your very substantive contribution to our thread.