LISO: Selfishness and Giving
March 9, 2008
I enjoy writing LISO stories so much (Explanation of LISO). Social activities demand that you compensate for rate changes in other individuals. When I’m writing, I can go as fast or as slow as I want without penalty. I once heard art described as a truly selfish enterprise, and it is never so true as when I’m done with a story.
The great thing is though art is selfish, it inevitably produces something that can be adopted by others. That’s why I like LISO so much. I get to do something so selfish, but the end product is for other people.
Recently I wrote a letter to a friend telling her about the complexity of my feelings. Immediately after she received it, she went to resolve a relationship issue she had with a guy. It is my indulgent fantasy to think my letter had something to do with her actions.
The phrase, ‘Actions speak louder than words,’ is something that smacks of ignorance. Spoken and written words are actions that foster other actions. People are driven to war and love on account of well-chosen words.
However, I do foster some prejudice against the unspoken word because those are not words at all, but impressions of words that lay in the mind. In this sense I agree with the ‘actions speak louder…’ aphorism.
My most recent LISO story was written in response to some relationship drama that occurred between a couple. It mainly had to do with heavy misunderstanding, the difficulties of expectation, and the impulse against explanation. Please enjoy.