Just a Guy Trying to Give the Best Speeches
Before reading, I recommend taking a deep breath or two. The piece isn't meant to be read fast, and this likely isn't going to change its overall quality, but I know going into stories too fast ruins the emphasis sometimes for me. So yeah.
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Mother Night
Speech 3 - Never Be Yourself
On a personal level, there was this time in my life where I'd make up quotes, you know, to motivate people's day. One of the last I ever did, while not lacking in enthusiasm, was CORRECTED by the person. Rude, right? Anyway, the quote was, "Don't be just yourself, be who you want to be." to which I was corrected, "Always be yourself, that's what matters most."
There seems to be this misconception about being yourself and lying to change aspects about yourself people see you as. While the morally just way of living would seem like for many to be that way, we are lazy. We are selfish. No matter who you are or where you come from, you are one-hundred percent, factually, flawed! Anyone in your life that seems perfect, without problem or care in the world, is faking it on some level. If you think I'm wrong, and you know someone who's perfect, I'd love to meet Mary Sue sometime.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in 'Mother Night' understands this dilemma perfectly. It's okay to not be yourself, but at the same time, remember that someone doesn't lie just because they feel like it – this is who they truly want to be. And if they stick to it, to the belief that they can achieve whatever dream is set; to be confident, or social, or studious, or whatever other trait that seems desirable, it can become possible. This is not saying, "Forget who you are and treat everything about yourself as a flaw!". This is saying, "Don't be just yourself. You can be whoever you want to be."
Good News: I have a bonus speech! I have to re-write a speech from class literally today, 11/29/17, so I'll be able to post that with little effort.
Bad News: I'm gonna post that on Friday...
when I wanted to post my story...
I NEED SOME TIME, OKAY! Look, I just want the story as a whole to be complete in my mind, so I can put in as much effort as I can in the bi-weekly process. The editing process... re-writes... this takes a lot more effort for me in a fictional work since that has to be a complete work, instead of a looser, opinion piece. So, I'll have my make-up speech Friday, and then the schedule I'd planned last speech.
Until next time...
stay flippidy dippidy.