the [s p a c e s] in between.

working thoughts & philosophical musings.

[conception: 09.16.2010].

…because as children we are conditioned
to believe
that drawing outside the lines
is wrong
we, in turn, spend a great amount of time
reprimanding ourselves, as adults,
for “drawing outside the lines.”

lines” being a metaphor for all that is unconventional.

unconventional |ˌənkənˈven sh ənl|
not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed

unconventional: what is not “understood”?
understanding: being what is comprehensively pretty and accessible. what “fits” for the majority.?

[a period and question mark after that – it is a statement, but as i am still trying to grasp the concept of what it means to “understand” i feel to be so definitive in such a statement is premature
and prohibits room to allow for…understanding]

are perfect lines accurate for every design?
is perfection a conditioned understanding? is it learned?
or is perfection an individual goal outside of societal ideology?
societal theology?

can it be both?

is perfection synonymous with Christianity.
being “Christ like”.

is being “Christ-like” the same as being a Christian?

and if perfection is derived from the idea of being “christ like”,
can anyone who doesn’t subscribe
to that way of thinking⎯to those beliefs; can they too, obtain what is considered…perfection?

can you strive to be “Christ-like” without being a “Christian?

is perfection an innate desire?
if it is indeed innate, can one use that as evidence to support the concept of Creationism?

if we were created to strive for and/or desire perfection…
if Christ is the example we are to follow…

is convention our attempt at internally reconciling man’s innate sinful nature?
is convention our attempt at sacrifice? 

if one doesn’t subscribe to any or all of the beliefs and doctrines of “Christianity“…
if one seeks enlightenment and understanding alone⎯separate from the collective…
if one finds God [the idea of perfection] for himself…

can the collective still govern over, through the practice of convention, the concept of perfection?

then again

…if man is not perfect, how can man dictate perfection through the practice of convention for all?
if Convention &
Tradition…are all man made ideals…

and perfection is a Divine creation…

doesn’t that make perfection, like the concept of Time
by the limited scope of man?

doesn’t man’s control and regulations for man based on a NOT understood
the demonizing and chastising of the individual…
the reprimanding for difference and of being challenged⎯questioned

…strip us of a Divine understanding and or right, of the concept of “Free Will“?

even through the concept of “Predestination”
…can’t one argue convention, as then, arrogant?
the idea that if “God” has predestined the lives of man⎯
then man’s attempt to dictate convention promotes the ideal that “God” needs the help of man
to govern over…what he already controls.

if one is to adhere or not adhere to “convention”, should that not be a personal and individual decision?
and if it should, indeed, be an individual decision does not that decision promote
the practice of “drawing outside the lines“…even if one decides to stay “in the lines“?

the lines” being and allowing for individual boundaries and beliefs.
…or is the goal of convention to debunk the concept and practice of the individual?

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