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1 Aug 2008

Paranoia - A Short Piece of Writing to Test the Effectiveness of my Writing Skills.  

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Guidance: This article contains very strong language which may offend some people of a sensitive nature.


Above: Paranoia Moon
mixed media painting
© Brian Pike 2007

Paranoia
by Jude Calvert-Toulmin.


Paranoid?
I would be, in your situation.
Because what you wrote "in confidence" (ho ho ho) was immediately copied by the recipient and forwarded to several others.
So now even more people think you're a total cunt.
If you behave yourself, you can laugh in the face of paranoia.
If you don't, it will continually haunt you.


A true story.


© Jude Calvert-Toulmin 2008

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  • Fri Aug 01, 08:16:00 am BST  

    Blimey! For such a short piece that carries a lot of weight. You don't work for GCHQ by any chance?

    Remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you...


  • Fri Aug 01, 08:39:00 am BST  

    ha ha very funny, GCHQ. no, it was just one of those cases where an email got sent to someone the sender wrongly assumed was loyal and trustworthy instead of actually being a meddlesome lonely troublemaker. so i got to read what was being said about me. i just thought great, i know which position i’d rather be in, a hard working writer or a sniping shit-stirring gossip. and then i turned the situation to my advantage by writing an article about it. and whilst google-imaging for a pic to accompany the piece, i discovered artist brian pike, whose work i immediately fell in love with in a BIG way. so, all’s well that ends well. we all choose how to spend our time. my choices work to my advantage.

    > Remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you...

    hey, check this out, at the end of your life, something really really scary could happen, like you end up DYING. brrrr! scary! watch your back! LOL :)

    thanks for your comment, adam :)


  • Sun Aug 03, 10:03:00 pm BST  

    I don't get it. Surely the real cunt here is the person who betrayed someone's loyalty?

    Jim (aka thicko)


  • Mon Aug 04, 07:10:00 am BST  

    the piece is deliberately ambiguous. it'd be like trying to show someone creeping their way through a dark foggy night in a film, and then cranking up some great big lights on set to illuminate the monster hiding behind the hedge.

    i will say though, regarding who and who isn't behaving badly in a given situation, that the most obvious person behaving obnoxiously and agressively is sometimes not the root of the problem. the passive agressive troublemaker who deliberately stirs up trouble behind the scenes in a clinically-planned trouble-making strategy, whilst making a show of meek innocence to the world, is behaving far worse. these people often, in my experience, are very unhappy and lead lonely lives.

    i'll also say something else. a person is known by the company they keep :)


  • Tue Aug 05, 10:19:00 pm BST  

    further...

    what i've tried to express in this piece is that the feelings of persecution are sometimes absolutely justified because there actually are people out there who think you're a complete cunt; it's not just in your head. for example

    x feels insecure/offended/humiliated because y is more talented than they/is achieving more than they/was right to criticise them/has seen through their petty ego/knows something shameful about x that x would rather be kept secret.

    x then slags off y /attempts to stir trouble about y in an email, under the transparent umbrella of innocent enquiry/outraged indignance in an attempt to to stir trouble about y, thus resulting in x feeling better about themselves and x's ego being a little plastered over by x's own machiavellianism. and of course one's own machiavellianism isn't a good material to use for healing plasters, because it seeps down inside and corrodes oneself.

    the secret of feeling good about yourself is hard work and fulfilling your potential, not attempting to be machiavellian with or attacking those who are working hard and fulfilling their potential.

    anyway, due to a couple of comments this afternoon i'm only accepting further comments on this thread if they are linked back to a poster's real life identity, ie a professional website or blog which identifies the poster. i'm really sorry but i simply don't have the time to be a free online counsellor to anonymous posters or to indulge people who have too much time on their hands and get their jollies from shit-stirring.

    i suppose an article about shit-stirrers was bound to bring them out in droves...


  • Wed Aug 06, 10:27:00 am BST  

    I didn't see the shit-stirring comments but its a shame there gone. I think you should just let them flow, cuz if shit-stirrers want to shit-stir they'll only make themselves look bad! Karma and all that. But removing them sort of makes you look like you have something to hide.


  • Wed Aug 06, 11:35:00 am BST  

    > I think you should just let them flow, cuz if shit-stirrers want to shit-stir they'll only make themselves look bad! Karma and all that.

    at the turn of the millenium i spent 3 years hard-wired into a large climbing forum and immersed myself in flame wars with various posters, some of them anonymous. then i wrote a book inspired by my experiences called MY ADVENTURES IN CYBERSPACE. in order for the book to be successful i now have to focus an enormous amount of time and all my energy on my books, and no longer have time to waste debating with anons on the net. i'm only answering this coz i've seen where you've come from and as the kids are at home i'm having a few days off work ;)

    > But removing them sort of makes you look like you have something to hide.

    the meaning of my removing them is subjective according to each reader's interpretation.

    one of the posts was made in order to try and possibly hurt another reader of the blog, nowt to do with me, so i removed it.

    don't worry though, i've got PLENTY of skeletons in my own closets. only i moved them into my books, which you'll be able to buy shortly, wink.

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