Charisma and a White Dress

“ALL IT REALLY IS IS CHARISMA. QUENTIN CRISP SAYS CHARISMA IS THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE WITHOUT LOGIC. AND I SOMETIMES CALL UPON THIS IN MY DEFENSE WHEN CONDEMNED, PERHAPS BY MYSELF AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE, FOR MY SEXUALLY PREDATORY NATURE. I DO FLIRT WITH CHILDREN, AND OLD MEN, AND ANYBODY… IT’S NOT ENTIRELY SEXUAL. IT’S MOSTLY ABOUT ENGAGEMENT, IT’S ABOUT WANTING TO ENGAGE PEOPLE AND CREATE A CONNECTION THAT’S REAL, NOT THE ARTIFICIAL, PRESCRIPTIVE CONNECTIONS THAT WE MAKE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS.. I HEARD IT SAID OF FRANCIS BACON THAT HE WOULD NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO BE DISENGAGED. A FRIEND WAS INFORMING A JOURNALIST OF THIS POINT, AND WHILE HE WAS MAKING THE POINT, THE WAITER SERVED THEM COFFEE IN A VERY STANDARDIZED WAY, AND HE SAID “LOOK, THAT GUY’S NOT SWITCHED ON, HE’S JUST AUTOMATICALLY DELIVERING US OUR COFFEE, SO FRANCIS WOULDN’T HAVE ALLOWED THAT, HE WOULD’VE TWINKLED AT HIM AND FLIRTED AND WOKEN THE PERSON UP.” AND WHEN I READ THAT I THOUGHT, YEAH, THAT’S WHAT I LIKE TO DO. I LIKE TO FEEL CONNECTED TO PEOPLE, AND THAT I’M HAVING AN ORGANIC EXPERIENCE. PART OF IT IS THAT I WANT TO DISTINGUISH MYSELF FROM EVERYONE ELSE, LIKE “LOOK, I’M SPECIAL, NOTICE ME, NOTICE ME” BUT PART OF IT ALSO IS A SENSE OF TRUTH AND ALIGNMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, THAT THIS IS IT, THIS IS LIFE, THIS IS THE MOMENT, IT’S HAPPENING NOW, AND IF YOU CAN’T BE BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SINGLE MOMENT, IF YOU CAN’T IN EVERY SINGLE INTERACTION BE A REPRESENTATIVE OF A HIGHER THING, OF AN AWARENESS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING HIGHER, SOMETHING MAGICAL EXISTING BETWEEN US, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY THE MOMENT, A MOMENT THAT WILL NEVER AGAIN BE CREATED, THEN YOU’RE NOT LIVING. YOU’RE MERELY FULFILLING YOUR ALLOCATED SPACE: GO TO WORK, COME HOME, SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, WATCH THIS, EAT THAT, GO TO BED, GET UP AGAIN. AND YOU CAN PUNCTURE THAT AT ANY POINT YOU WANT TO. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE STORMING THE WINTER PALACE, IT CAN BE JUST A REFUSAL TO ACCEPT THE CIRCUMSTANCES METED OUT TO YOU. AND THAT’S WHY REVOLUTION IS APPEALING TO ME, BECAUSE IT TAKES THAT TO ITS NATURAL CONCLUSION, IT HINTS AT A UTOPIA … IN THE MOST EVERYDAY EXCHANGE, THERE IS A HINT OF THE UTOPIAN, THAT IT COULD ALL BE SO BEAUTIFUL. A SNATCHED MOMENT ON ACID, OR A MOMENT PLAYING WITH A CHILD, YOU RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS THERE CONSTANTLY, AND THAT WE IGNORE IT AND THAT REVOLUTION IS NOT ABOUT DOING SOMETHING, IT’S ABOUT STOPPING.”

– Russell Brand on charisma, flirting, and revolution

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