|On the Theory Of Mutiny
||[Dec. 19th, 2006*03:40 am]
The United Naked Nations
Mutiny is the act of conspiring to disobey an order that a group of similarly-situated individuals (typically members of the military; or the crew of any ship, even if they are civilians) is legally obliged to obey. The term is commonly used for a rebellion among members of the military against their superior officer(s), turning the strongest arm of the law into a danger for the legal order.
In a larger scope, what I get from the manifesto written into our bio page is that we're all sick of the general oblivion most of the people we deal with on a day-to-day basis operate under. God knows, I'm personally disgusted by it, even as I use it to my own advantage. Oblivious fucks make my life easier to get away with, but it shouldn't and that's why it bothers me.
I remember the day I decided to pay attention. I started noticing all sots of strange little details about life and the world around me, and when I'd try ot bring it up to friends, I'd be rewarded with a blank stare. I dropped those friends soon after that day. Then I started to play with people. Like-a so!:
1. Stand around on a street corner, or some other relatively busy public place, and stop, look up, and don't stop staring. Focus on some random thing, and hold fast to it. In ten minutes or less, you'll have a crowd all around you, looking up where you're looking. Usually I sneak away unnoticed at that point, because the phenomenon is self-sustaining. People will join the crowd at about the same rate as people will give up on figuring out what everyone else is starting at, and so you're no longer necessary.
2. Take some small harmless object (I like sugarcubes) and stick them in random places around your office. Watch and see how many people will find thiem, and watch how many people will look around trying to find the magical sugarcube-spitting machine they came from. Lots of fun.
3. Point at random things every time you make eye contact with a person. This is especially awesome on the street.
The only real point to any of these activities is to jog one of the oblivious' head into a state of noticing, even if only for a second. One second is sometimes enough to trip another, and another and another. And that's possibly the greatest mutiny I can think of. Because that's how people will stop jumping off cliffs for acceptance.