Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kurt Cobain Quote

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
-- Kurt Cobain

Suppose one were already a waste, and subsequently finds s/he wants to be someone else.  What then follows on Cobain's conjecture?


[ * ] "In Bloom" by Nirvana YouTube (Accessed 5/20/2010)
[ * ] "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana YouTube (Accessed 5/20/2010)
[ * ] "Heart Shaped Box" by Nirvana YouTube (Accessed 5/20/2010)
[ * ] etc. etc.

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At 6:34 PM, Blogger Mike McVey said...

Suicide maybe?

At 9:38 PM, Blogger JJC said...

a few ideas:

1. He assumes it is better to be yourself than not yourself, even if your life does seem to be a waste. I guess he would argue no life is a waste.

2. Even if you trade up in your "selves" that person would still technically be throwing that self away.

3. when put back into context of that era - grunge and alt. culture was a new phenomenon- rebelling against the cheerleaders and jocks that had been so firmly implanted in 80's cool. I think he was encouraging youth to understand that non-cheerleaders and non-jocks are not wastes. (but that's just cheesy and not what you were asking, since you wanted to pull it out of context and just look at the logic. ... but there you go anyway)

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Charlotte said...

So, if "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are," and the person you are is a waste, then wanting to be someone else is a waste of a waste. Just for the sake of argument, I would choose to pull a metaphor from life and say that when I throw trash into the trash can, I am putting my house in order. By comparison, then, wasting an already wasted person may simply be putting the universe into its proper order.

On the other hand, before one could argue that the above is what has happened in a given situation, one would have to define what qualifies a person as being "a waste," and prove that the person in question meets these qualifications.


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