Wisdom that Rises

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Norma Jeane Mortenson

Pretty yin and yang stuff isn’t it? I have always been fascinated by the process that took Norma Jeane from point A to X. A being unknown and X being terminally known. From a Human, Being, to a Human, Being, in the form of an artificial Goddess. Pretty much like the human god like goddesses and gods we’ve been sacrificing for thousands of years. Paul Simon said it well:

It’s everybody jump start
It’s every generation throws a hero up the pop charts
Medicine is magical and magical is art
Think of the boy in the bubble
And the baby with the baboon heart – “The Boy in the Bubble

Norma Jeane was a hero, up the pop charts, fame, beauty, glamorous, worshipped, obsessed over, and now dead, her death became another “story” for the pop charts to feed upon. A POP icon, made shallow and objectified. Another digital sacrifice to the gods we create but cannot see, much like all the other gods we imagine.

And someone who knew Tao and Zen perspectives. (No one is who they appear to be within a social and cultural context. Ever. This is a valuable knowing.)

So, at times she was a Tao and Zen student, seeing how the yin and yang of life, the movement between here and the next goal was what mattered, not the arrival, not the journey, and certainly not the first step. She clearly saw the absurdity of living in a container designed and created by opinions, conclusions, manipulations, and greed, and also from one moment to the next, when able to embrace moments clearly, She knew she stood on clay, not marble.

At times we become Taoist Masters by default, the door opens, and a streaming thought rises that screams out as the expressive self. That one time occurring singularity, created in these moments, says the most wise and wonderful things. We are miracles beyond our own abilities to comprehend.

Norma Jeane knew the trick of perspective, that this isn’t really this, and that isn’t really that. Indeed, the ugly contains the beauty, there cannot be one if the other doesn’t exist. This can’t be, if that doesn’t also exist.

I never cared where wisdom came from, a guide told me, listen with both your heart and mind, one fist with a handful of stars, the other hand on the ground. In doing so the wisdom that’s inherent, in the moment speaks.

From some perspectives, it’s all wisdom.

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to express than not, bows to Norma Jeane.

Bryan Wagner

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  1. I find it fascinating how our culture decides what’s popular and beautiful when in reality, to truly be beautiful is an expression many are unwilling to take on because it requires a strong sense of knowing oneself. Too often we are pushed into spaces that aren’t truthful to our own spirits. Wisdom indeed rises as we choose to walk in line with our truth. I absolutely adore Paul Simon’s commentary on life and your use of his wisdom here. Always happy to read your thoughts my friend ❤️

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