Thursday, June 17, 2010
Just a gripe for a moment. There is a dichotomy between the stark reality of nature and the mimicry that inhabits the natural world. There is what is true and then what is put on for appearance's sake. We have insects that pretend to be other animals to keep from being eaten. We have birds and animals that put on a show to catch a mate. In the human world, we have dress-up and gender bending and costuming for all sorts of reasons. But what do you do when, in the human world, you run into a person who displays a certain creepy, wanna-be-ness? They don't just costume and put on a generic show to be flamboyant. Instead, they seem to mimic other, real people in their lifestyle, their possessions, their likes, dislikes, personality, interests, environment, occupation and so on. Why? Because they lack their own identity. They wish so hard to create a reality that doesn't exist that they pretend to be other people that they envy. It's weird. It's creepy. It's sociopathic. No, literally, as in a Cluster B, Axis II personality disorder like Histrionic Disorder. Awesome.