“I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.”
— Salvador Dali
Many people find the outrageous offensive. It goes against their grain to see people defying social conventions and upsetting the apple cart. That is precisely why the outrageous is so necessary. Outrageousness takes us out of our comfort zone both as individuals and as groups. If we see someone eating something we consider vile or acting in a way that upsets us such as two men kissing or a woman breastfeeding her baby in a restaurant, especially if we have never seen the actions before, it expands our idea of what is possible. What other beautiful acts can happen in a world where normally narcissistic people can pull together and help each other out in a crisis. If we see acts of love performed in front of us, what other expressions of love are possible? Each act of outrageousness expands our world and perhaps the reason why people protest against outrageous acts is because of the fear of having that expansion happen in their world.
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Nice Evening For Nice Night For a Moonlit Ride (Vassago) by G A Rosenberg
Another Gateway Home by G A Rosenberg
The Universe Lies Within