Pieter De Josselin De Jong

(IDEAS NOTEBOOK.) Are you an audience or a performer? You seem to be somewhat passive don't you - you listen to music rather than make it; you watch television rather than feature on it; you read magazines rather than write them (though obviously you don't read this blog over a hot latte in the coffee-shop much - I've seen the figures)?

Then again you seem to be somewhat active also. You entertain; you work (which is a performance); and you talk (surely good talk is a performance too, so include that).

It's a balance between active time and audience time isn't it? Are there a few worries about the balance between doing and being done to? The worry of the middle-aged that they've got the balance most horribly wrong. Never really 'got going' and now life's sun is beginning to set. The worry that all performances should have behind them - the question of whether the work, the hobby, the talk is objectively any good: because poor performances really do irritate don't they? And the worry about the damage done by advisers who still trot out that lazy adage that one must 'Be A Good Listener'.  Well be a good listener and listen to these blogs of ours if you must, but the adage literally misses the point doesn't it? It's what you say after you've listened, it's your performance, that brings you alive surely? Nobody is interested in a mute.

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