Oscar Wilde on life


He writes

Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or in comedy, whether they will suffer or make merry, laugh or shed tears. But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications…..the world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

Oscar Wilde in Praise of disobedience

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “Oscar Wilde on life

  1. Barry says:

    One aspect of being neurodivergent is that one finds it necessary to try to act as if one is not. The problem is that while the everyone might indeed be badly cast, the neurodivergent are the only ones without the benefit of a script.

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    • makagutu says:

      So for the neurodivergent, the problem is two or three fold. But I think this could be said for almost everyone. People just try to wing it hoping it plays right.

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  2. Barry says:

    Neurodivergent people are not permitted to wing it because the way we wing it is totally unacceptable to neurotypical people. Everyone wings it to some extent, but neurotypical people live in a social environment designed specifically for them – they all have been provided with the same script. On the other hand, autistics and other neurodivergent people have been given either no script, or a completely different script, yet we’re still expected to act as though we have been given the same script as everyone else. If we try to act according to our script, we are punished. In my youth that might have meant being institutionalised, or excluded from normal social activities. It also meant being targeted by bullies and almost every authority figure as being sub-human, incapable of normal human emotions and feelings. Autistics were denied autonomy of person.

    Today, apart from being institutionalised, we’re still subjected to much the same prejudices and treatment. In fact in the USA, autistic people can still be forced to undergo electric shock “therapy” in order to make their behaviour appear more “normal”. Think about it: It’s illegal to give animals electric shocks to modify behaviour, due to its cruelty, but it’s OK to do it to autistic humans. In my own country it’s illegal to use conversion therapy to attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, but not when it comes to forcing an autistic person to act in a more neurotypical fashion. So no, it’s not that the problem is two or three fold. It’s several orders of magnitude greater. My apologies for the rave.

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  3. maryplumbago says:

    Too many actors, too many scripts that aimlessly wander off, no solid story, lots of repetition from lessons unlearned,
    and an ending that is unknown except that it will end.

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