Good morning to you. It’s 4:30 am and the topic that came to me for today was one word Canon.
Now as you may or may not know I have a Canon Powershot A580 camera I use to take the pictures for this blog and it is starting to fail on me. It’s starting to suck through batteries more quickly than it used to. It won’t allow me to set the date and time function and remember that I’ve done it after I shut off the camera.
The bottom line is my trusty friend’s lifespan is coming to an end and it’s time for me to get a new camera. Eventually I would like to have a “real” camera again but in the meantime, we have chosen to buy a Apple Iphone from Kyle’s youngest brother and the camera on it will be at least twice as good as I now have. Once we get the phone activated (pain in the ass you can’t just use a device when you want!) I will start learning to use it and we will work together to take new pictures for this blog!
On this season of South Park, an animated Comedy Central series we enjoy, they have come up with a very resonate way to describe something that is going on in our country and us as a people and this ties in nicely with that word I started with, Canon.
What is Canon in story telling? (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_(fiction))
In fiction, canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in an individual universe of that story. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction. The alternative terms mythology, timeline, and continuity are often used, with the former being especially to refer to a richly detailed fictional canon requiring a large degree of suspension of disbelief (e.g. an entire imaginary world and history), while the latter two typically refer to a single arc where all events are directly connected chronologically.
(like the multi-verse concept)
The South Park team has come up with a brilliant concept they call “member berries” to illustrate a behavior in people of my generation and those before me. I catch myself doing it all the time! “Remember that song, or that actor, or that movie? Wasn’t it great?!” Then we’ll go back to actually listen or watch and it’s not quite as good as we “member!” Sometimes what we remember and want to revisit in our current life are good but they need a new “storyline.”
Many of my generation and those before are afraid to break the “Canon” of the past. They are afraid that the new life we are trying to create won’t be as good as they remember and in some cases, will not include them. This is all part of the suffering that comes from “attachment” to Canon….like me to my old camera lol. We tried to buy an upgrade of the camera I have now but I immediately rejected probably even before we brought it home. It wasn’t my trusty old camera that I know how to operate and getting the new camera would mean I’d have to learn how to use something new which can be intimidating!
(I still don’t like that I would have had to use a Cloud server to retrieve my photos because in doing that I lose sole ownership!)
Change to “Canon” is hard but sometimes the past is better off left there or taken forward to a new age….not a reboot but a restart! The show Penny Dreadful is a fantastic example of how to do that in the entertainment world. They took our favorite monster stories of the past and gave them new stories that were resonant to our today without negating their origin stories!
This is something I have had to deal with personally with regard to the life I lead with my family after my birth mother’s suicide and it’s what each one of us, as we age and near the ends of our journey’s as who we are. It’s not who we were that makes us great, it’s who we are right NOW that matters. It’s not who we think we should be but who we actually are.
The Unites States of America with it’s cringe-worthy Presidential election is a blessing because it is showing us exactly who we’ve been and who we are now….who we, as a country aspire to be.
To be who we aspire to be will mean breaking Canon on everything we’ve ever know and been. This doesn’t mean who we used to be and the past isn’t important or should not be remembered, cherished and respected.
It just means we must lose our unhealthy attachment to the “good old days” that in many cases, were not so great to actually become “Great Again.”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Original air date
September 14, 2016
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South Park (season 20)
“Member Berries” is the first episode in the twentieth season of the American animated television series South Park. The 268th episode of the series overall, it premiered on Comedy Central in the United States on September 14, 2016.
The episode lampooned the massive national media coverage of Colin Kaepernick and other American athletes’ protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton while also commenting on nostalgia and reboots.