June 24, 2007
By Patrick Grimm
Many acting coaches, casting directors and drama teachers–at least the credible ones–will tell you that self-consciousness is an actor’s greatest enemy. And those of us (and I am not one of these individuals) who choose to always be surrounded by groups or cadres of “Others” will admit in their more candid moments that they do it to stave off the inexorable side effects of self-consciousness, those being painful introspection and harsh inward reflection, these things which become the catalysts of loneliness.
So many people attempt to disconnect action from a mind replete with second guesses and indeed, second thoughts and second considerations, which they believe will hamper their free flow of what I can only call “synchronicity.” But so what? Perhaps self-consciousness is the enemy of a good or great actor. Perhaps self-consciousness does bring loneliness and a lack of proper self-inflicted esteem. What is my point? To this I will proceed.
While frequent and fawning self-reflection can hamper acting, singing and other types of performance arts, I don’t believe that it brings the same kind of handicap to the truth-seeker. To the enemy of Zionism, and I consider myself a virtual blogging warrior against its excesses, I believe that self-conscious insular thinking can bring much to our cause, our righteous cause, and our noble struggle for liberation from the shackles placed upon us and the traps laid for our people by the enemy. The enemy is radical Jewish supremacism and Zionist lunacy.
What so many of the essays, the op-eds and the diatribes against world criminal international Zionism seem to lack is the human touch. I want a wordsmith to bare his or her soul in the struggle for our future and the world that we will bequeath to our children. I say to my fellow anti-Zionist truth-seekers “Dig deep for that gem within yourself.” Don’t be afraid to show the human side of this momentous tug-of-war for our very right to exist upon planet Earth. Self-consciousness and deep and often rending soul-searching will only strengthen our work, our cause and our credibility. It won’t hurt us. It can’t.
The thing that will harm us is a detached non-emotive style, always obsessed with only current events and dreadfully lacking in the art of the romantic, the philosophical, in a word, the human. It is our self-consciousness that separates us from the beasts of the field. The fact that you are aware, even unhappily aware of your existence and your humanness means that you are sentient, unique and literally “wonderfully made.”
Descartes stated the only truth he could be sure of “I think, therefore I am.” With this truth came the cavalcade of every other truth, arriving in train like gems, bursting into the universe of the human mind like a good dose of TNT.
Don’t extract the human from the cause of freedom and liberty and European-American liberation. Don’t subtract yourself, your consciousness and your self from the equation. You don’t have to be the actor, who at his theatrical best projects everything away from himself onto the other person within the scene. What you do have to be is human with all your foibles, imperfections and flaws. You don’t always have to lay them bare before your reading public, but what you need to remember is that a real human face, a human emotion, and yes, a human sense of self-consciousness is the one thing often missing from this movement. Without it we are simply crude clock watchers and bean counters. But with this self-consciousness we show the public, the benighted masses and even many people who are fearful and straddling the fence, the very greatness, ingenuity and brilliance that built Western civilization from the ground up.
All of this can’t be faked. Acute humans know the truth when they see it, read it or hear it spoken. No amount of propaganda can dress the truth up and make it more palatable, but the human touch can cause it to reach hearts, minds and souls. Don’t fake it, faux it up for the crowd. Be genuine, be self-conscious and splendidly sentient. In other words, be human.