Living Life As a Purist
Just give me a hotdog with no fixings . . .
call me a purist. No fanfare, glitter or awe. I like what I like and there's no turning back or changing me from this life that I love.
A purist. I cannot truly define what a "purist," really means, but I do know that "purist" is not to be confused with the overly-religious group, "puritans," who once had a foot-hold in our early beginnings.
I can tell you that living life as a purist does have its pitfalls, snags, and controversies. Of which none are self-designed. It just happens to you if you choose to be a purist.
Mainly, a purist such as myself, doesn't require to be "in the spotlight," in order to say that I am really living. In factual terms, the less spotlight on me the better. Let someone else dance and sing their life away for the amusement of others. I respect that choice.
A purist. Glad to be a purist. Love to be called a purist and will probably leave this life as a purist.
Does being a purist mean that all of my thoughts, words, and heart's desires are pure? What do you think? I, like all of mankind, are sinners in God's eyes and being a purist has an accompanying segment called "self-evaluation," that comes into play most every week. Am I higher up on the food chain than others? Again,what do you think? I live and breathe and make my share of mistakes each day that comes. Nowhere in this piece will you find me insinuating that being a purist is ever an easy job.
Being a purist requires someone who is ready to make a stand. Not really against anyone or any cause, but for themselves. And their own brand of happiness. Don't kid yourself. There is a lot of happiness (although sometimes quiet in tone) that goes with being a purist.
I like what I like. No parades, snapshots, pats on the back or muscular handshakes. Just a personal accomplishment that says, "I take life as it is and will not ask for any trimmings," for I personally do not require them.
Please allow me to share with you, some very-sensitive items that I have compiled from my own "Purist List of Likes and Dislikes," and hope that you understand that I am not being a snob, but if anything, a "lone wolf," in my stance as a purist.
LIVING LIFE AS A PURIST MEANS . . .
- I take my hot dogs by themselves staight from the grill and onto a fresh bun. No mustard, relish or catsup for me. Strange? You bet it is. But that is what makes me, and those like me, a purist.
- I like my coffee black as coal. In restaurants I tell my waiters and waitresses, "please, no cream, sugar or lo-cal sugar knock-off's. Just bring me lots of black coffee." Do they stare at me with a puzzled-look? Sure, but us purists are up-front. To-the-point.
- If a friend or stranger asks a favor of me, I strive to always reply, "yes, no problem. I will do that for you," and not speak the overly-used, "you got it," because I have heard this term so much that it makes my stomach tie-up in knots. What does saying "you got it" do for people who say this outdated term from the 80's, make them cooler? Wiser? More popular? I don't know. But I refuse to use it anymore.
- That also applies to the terms . . ."man," "cool," "check it," "look," "dog," "down with so and so," and "word." Need I explain?
- I wear only clothes, (although sometimes out of style), that are only comfortable on my back. I do not spend money on glitzy, fritzy, frills on the sleeves and unwanted messages on tee-shirts. Am I considered "plain"? Of course, but do I care? Nope.
- I do not require my television to cost more than my house. Or be of high-definition. If my two eyes can see whom is talking in a show, I am happy. If the picture is clear, great. So have I lost friends due to my television not being a high-definition set? I don't really know. If I have, that's fine by me. I never forced them to watch television at my home in the first place.
- My food doesn't have to be perfect in looks, texture or even taste. If the food is not unhealthy, bring it on. I couldn't care less how "ragged" my wife's German chocolate cake looks. It's delicious and that's all I really care about. Purists, as you have already discovered, are not that picky. Or choosy.
- Speaking of being picky and choosy. My friends do not have to be purists. They are required though, to be themselves. No two-faced, secret-agenda's, manipulative, under-handed behavior around me or to my back. My friends must accept me for what I am. A purist. And I in turn, accept them for what and whom they are. I think this is fair.
- I do not have to be defined by the music I listen to. I still enjoy the classic, early-releases by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. So if you are into the techo-sound of 2012, club music to be exact, and are tempted to say, "Ken, you are soooooooooo out-of-touch," don't. I know already that I'm out of touch. I love that about being a purist.
- And when using the word '"so," I will always refuse, even in a mild tone of anger, to purposely-extend the "O" making the word sound like, "sooooooooooooooooooooo." Hey, I get it. So out of touch. So old-fashioned. And I even used one "O" on the word "so."
To "cover my bases," I said earlier that being a purist had its share of pitfalls, snags and controversies, and I am going to talk about a few of those at this point.
A purist's life is not always happy. No, it can be down-right lonely. When all those around you are being lulled and sucked into whatever shiny fad or phrase is current in "Coolville," you are stuck in a solitary place with your own choices you have made to be a purist. It does take self-discipline. And work. But the benefits are outstanding.
Sometimes as a purist your opinion, when stated in a civil manner, is not readily-accepted or appreciated by the "crowd-pleasers," surrounding you. For instance. A person asks you and those near you, "do you favor gun control?" Suddenly the air is filled with loud "no's," and "are you serious?" Then you reply, "yes. Very much. Because it can save innocent lives." Then the cold-shouldering begins. The shunning. The glaring at you. The making you feel less of a person for not sharing their opinion. It hurts. Sometimes deeply. But you can cut it. If you want to eventually gain the respect of these same people when given time to think about why you answered in such a way. I've seen this work.
A FEW FAMOUS PURISTS . . .
Harry Chaplin, humanitarian, famous for "Cat's In The Cradle," and "Taxi."
Mahatma Gandhi, the "father of passive resistance.
Vincent van Gogh, master painter.
Woody Guthrie, (Arlo's dad), a self-made songwriter and American icon.
Amelia Earhart, famous female aviator.
Marlon Brando, actor who actively-supported the plight of American Indians.
George C. Scott, actor, who refused an Oscar due to his personal political views.
Charlie Chaplin, actor, comic genius responsible for some of today's creative use of the movie camera when filming scenes to a movie.
to name only a few men and women who were the purists of their own era and had their own minds. I have to respect these, and the many more of our lives who are "purists."
My final question would be, "do you find that his hub fits my description of a purist - - -no frills, spills, chills, bells and whistles?"
If so, "thank you." If not, I respect that.