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The Reference Point

You know whats wrong with most of these advertisements and women in movies etc? In short, all the models that we see? Why their figures fail to impress? Why we (at least I) dont have the feeling that they are very different from each other.
Why seeing someone in real life with a great bod is much more impressive.
Why a slinky tight dress in a magazine usually fails to impress.

It is not just a matter of overdose, dulling of senses etc.

There is no reference point.

To our minds, there are these great bods, and great abs, and bountiful hair, and so on. But its wonderful compared to what?

Thats when the photographers art comes into play, to give perspective to the viewer. To get the correct reference point.

Imagine the same man/woman walking down a street...with normal people. Thats when the whole person / the advertised commodity comes into perspective. Thats when they are shortlisted for assignements, for showcasing the product.

Its all about perspective, about comparison. Nothing is understood in its totality unless it it with respect to something else.

Everything in the end is comparison to some known thing. A meter, kilometer, pound, KG, anything. THe human mind can only grasp things while keeping in perspective some other known thing (redder than that apple, bigger than your thumb, etc). Thus it is vital to get the correct comparison scale.
(This is true for just about anything)

Drawing from there. If everything is compared, then if we keep moving back into comparisons, then there should be an ultimate point where we can find out what the final benchmark of comparison is.
That one final thing, which we keep as the 'gold standard' and finally figure out everything else in the world wrt it.

Wonder what THAT is.

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23rd Feb, 2006 15:49 (UTC)
Interesting point, and somehow reminds me of "Zen and the art of Mortorcycle maintenance". Whatever else Pirsig wanders on about, I do understand the point he is trying to make, and it is quite close to what you are trying to say. Quality is what he calls "THAT". And what he concludes (of what i remember of the book) after the long drawn discussion is that, if you try to define quality it no longer exists. Kinda like the 'not this, not that' definitions of the Vedas(?). So basically let it be, and enjoy the ride you are on ;)
24th Feb, 2006 03:48 (UTC)
Hmm...the parameter can actually or rather will actually differ from person to person.
I dont know about the exclusivity definitions...they can be rather tedious, and loopholish :D but i get ur point.
im trying to enjoy the ride that has been chosen for me, im making amends, but still, its fun to wonder what the ultimate reference point might be.
24th Feb, 2006 03:36 (UTC)
Not possible
..cos there are ABSOLUTELY no absolutes!!
24th Feb, 2006 03:45 (UTC)
Re: Not possible
Absolute there is :) though ;)
But though I agree that the term absolute is a misnomer, it is nevertheless true that theoretically speaking, there should be a terminal point (after all theoretically a geometrical "point" exists!), and what that certain point is/will be is interesting to wonder.
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