russell higgs

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I was just reading an article where someone is quoted as saying "People are drawn to things that provide answers"

and if that is true, then that is perhaps one of the biggest problems in our world

because being drawn to things that provide answers leaves people open to manipulation and stagnant passivity. It encourages people to rely on so called leaders and experts, hierarchies and priests etc etc.

surely questions are more important than answers.

Question everything all the time. Thats the only truth that I've ever believed in.

saturday 16122006



I was just reading an article where someone is quoted as saying "People are drawn to things that provide answers"

and if that is true, then that is perhaps one of the biggest problems in our world

because being drawn to things that provide answers leaves people open to manipulation and stagnant passivity. It encourages people to rely on so called leaders and experts, hierarchies and priests etc etc.

surely questions are more important than answers.

Question everything all the time. Thats the only truth that I've ever believed in.

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I like what you've said, Russell.
You're right smile
You got that right, Russ.

The problem is that the guys who have the answers, also have minders, and guns, and the protection of the state.

It's not surprising people stop asking the right questions in the end.

For day to day life though, Russ the sentiment is a keeper.
russell higgs: There will always be people willing to exploit others, just as there will probably always be people willing to be exploited. There will also always be insecure people who opt to become bullys, and we know that politics and big business is fertile territory for functioning psychopaths to thrive in.

But theres 6.5 billion people on this planet and for the first time ever in the history of humanity a large proportion of us has an opportunity to talk directly with one another. An opportunity to allow ideas that have previously been censored or ignored (often because they have no financial worth) to flourish and to catch fire. This is the start of a time like no other.

Guns and bombs are effective in the short term, but ultimately its ideas that are the most potent weapons of them all.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 17 Dec 2006, 13:52
its funny russell that the internet is here to facilitate communication and yet i find people caring less and less about our fellow man. I know it is not dead but i very often wonder about the general poplous' ability to think independently. Prime time television seems to feed the masses with all the information they need. independent thought on television is reserved for late at night or on less viewed channels.i enjoy the information at our fingertips on the net but the great unknown is just as attractive. is that a new screw hole russell.
russell higgs: no new screw holes. just the camera turned a little more.

some quick thoughts....

statistically telly is losing its viewers I believe. certainly it is losing the consumer age group that is supposed to be most sought after by the advertisers.

although on one level the new phenomena of reality tv is seen as a cruel sport, it is simultaneously also about people watching. In particular it is often about relationships and subtle little human things (thats why people who don't watch big brother complain about it being boring or that nothing ever happens) But I think we're taking an oppurtunity to study one another through reality tv.

meanwhile on the web we are communicating like never before. and perhaps most importantly it means we have access to a fuller spectrum of human diversity. Its more difficult for society to demand that we all behave in one homogenous way.

it is no coincidence that our governments are currently resorting to Terror in an attempt to keep us in line. They are desperate.

Bloggers are also having an affect. Where as professional journalists tend to resort to self censorship in order to keep their jobs by not rocking the boat, unpaid citizen journalists are digging in the dirt and analysing and campaigning and making waves.

its early days yet.

plus there is a tendency to assume that mainstream culture is dumbing down, but there is much evidence that in fact it is smarting up. As the book "everything bad is good for you" argues, video games and hit tv progs such as the simpsons, Lost, The Sopranos etc require far more from us than entertainment 20 years ago.

as I say just a few quick thoughts. I'll come back to this another day.
It's a striking photograph, but I'm not at all convinced that it asks any questions, which - if I interpret your commentary correctly - you imply that it's meant to. It's simply a construct (albeit an arresting one)I feel, not a conundrum.
russell higgs: My text is not always directly or consciously linked to the image.

But when I look at this image I think of the dance of the 7 veils, which is about mystery, concealment and gradual revelation.

but also my commentary is pertinent to this project in general, where I am periodically asked by people to supply more information to accompany these daily self portraits. Some people would prefer me to explain things, to give them answers. What is this picture all about? Why are you doing this? The reality is that I don't always have anything to say. The images are usually spontaneous, unconscious and improvised.
  • Mal
  • 17 Dec 2006, 15:21
While serving my engineering apprenticeship at Vickers in York, I was once asked by one of the training school instructors “Why do ask so many questions” to which I replied “Why do you need to know”. He then went on to say that my questions were interrupting the flow of the tutorial to which I replied if he could instruct me properly I wouldn’t ask any questions. We never really got on after that.

You’re like a belly dancer today Russel.
russell higgs: I'd assume that tutorials should always be 2 way. Otherwise you might aswell just read a book about it.

Sometimes I try to wait a bit, to see if anyone else has a question, before I open my mouth in a group situation, because I've always got questions and I feel I can tend to dominate.
  • jamoula mckean
  • uk
  • 23 Dec 2006, 10:29
love this russell

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