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good advice.

18 September 2008

 Always be yourself… unless you suck.”

Joss Whedon (via mappeal)

this reminds me of something i learned in my literary theory class.  we were discussing aristotle’s points on what makes good rhetoric (m. correct me if i’m wrong).  aristotle’s points out that you need to look at ease and establish yourself as a respectable authority more than you need to know your subject.  an example was given by my professor of the advice you give to a friend going on a first date: be yourself.  although you say “be yourself”, what you really mean is “don’t be the spastic nervous version of yourself, be the version of yourself acting naturally.”  so, acting naturally is always a production, and not natural. 

try wrapping your head around that at 9am.

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