I have to admit that my impressions are the same as Steve's. Most "metal men" I've met have been pleasingly mellow, which I attributed to the use of metal as catharsis for the demons that, as you and David Lynch note, so often lie beneath our civilised veneers.Hereandnow wrote: ↑October 10th, 2018, 9:21 amOr perhaps they harbor a secret life they will not reveal to the public. Appearances can be deceiving. For many of those we pass on the street, the thin veneer of civilization is a struggle to maintain, though one would never know it in conversation; of course, they dare not show it. Virginia Woolf and other presented the idea that the real human drama is within, where passions and needs and wrath and aggression are managed. And on the outside it is just a show, an abstraction of what we really are.Steve3007
but perhaps their honesty about the natural human fascination with the disturbing tends to make them more psychologically stable than average.
Really, most of us are pretty nice, obviously not perfect, but okay and doing our best. All I see are little apes forced into shorts and shorts skirts, shoved off to learn about the world with other little apes and their skinny legs, knobbly knees and the last of their milk teeth falling out. From there, genetics and environment continue to interact, dynamically resulting in the growing hominids believing that they are making decisions for themselves rather than mostly just dealing with exigencies.
We take an awful lot for granted because we must. For most of our working lives society demands too much of us for us to stop and smell the roses. Art can remind us to stop and notice actual reality. It can also add another distraction, and that too has its place.