Mostly harmless (corto) wrote,
Mostly harmless

A word or two about patterns;

This pattern thing has been much on my mind lately.

It's not just a "thing"...
not a specific something but more like a way to view the world around you, a lens or something...

A "paradigm"!! That's it...

Corto's Pattern Paradigm.

It's all about finding what works... and then doing it again... and again.
Sure, I suppose all things (good and bad) come to an end, but it's a lot further off if you have a grip on something repeatable than if you do not.

Start simple... look at tv shows
~ a tv show can only really be a hit if it has a good pattern.
~ Sure, it has to have content but even that can fall into a "pattern"
~ great content... crummy pattern... simply fails in tv land. Too expensive and the audience has to recaptured every time...
~ I'm not talking about crummy cookie cutter crap... but rather a show that delivers what you want... and you come to expect it.
~ The content can be edgy, daring, risky, or stable or whatever... but the pattern has to be comfortable...
~ you have to think that you can "take it regularly" without getting pissed off.
~ Joey... the new TV spin off from Friends. Good show with some great laughs... but the theme music... is painful. It starts loud and abrasive. So I can dig the show but part of their pattern is broken... I can take the story but not the package. Joey - the show - will not survive unless they change the theme music.

Get complicated about it... and look at a life, a person.
~ people that live patterns... live long and prosper.
~ they can certainly break with the pattern and "take a walk on the wild side" or whatever but that's being different.
~ people that live without a pattern... do not live long... and while some prosper more than the rest of us rolled together... a majority of the non-pattern people (I propose) do not live long. Their candles burn too brightly to hold the flame for long.
~ this may sound bad... dull or something... but that's because you're filtering it through some predisposition to find the notion of a "pattern" either limiting or "negative". Stop.
~ a pattern is without quality... it can be anything... wild and crazy or quiet and reserved... the "quality" aspect is not the important part.
~ finding the pattern itself is.

~ because there are questions that rule your life... and life can become a process of finding the answers.
Who am I?
Can I do this?
~ and the big one...
Will this last?

You are the life you lead.
Inside your head you will always be the person you imagine...
but out here... where other people looking at you ... you are the patterns of you.

"oh here's Bill... he'll be able to help... he's good with fill_in_the_blank."
(Here's Bill... his pattern is...)

"I've never done this before... but if I just do the things I'm good at... that I'm used to doing... and tend towards this other thing... "
(I can do anything, as long as I can find the pattern)

"This will never last... every day its a brand new thing... it's fun, but I'm tired.
I want something normal... something I can hold on to... something... someone... I can depend on."
(I want to be able to rely on your pattern)

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