A Case For Cryptic Writing

"Whoever knows he is deep, strives for clarity; whoever would like to appear deep to the crowd, strives for obscurity. For the crowd considers anything deep if only it cannot see to the bottom: the crowd is so timid and afraid of going into the water." -Nietzsche

I often write in symbolism and aphorisms. This style is partially derived from a joy in unraveling the symbolism in other's writings (emulation) and the beauty which naturally accompanies symbolism. Aphorisms are easier to complete in a beautiful manner, for they too are accompanied by a natural beauty. Aphorisms are also very efficient. 

Being as fickle as I am I often find myself frequently betraying current beliefs and losing/gaining a desire to write at near random. When writing in aphorisms one can return at a later date and expand upon or explain those ideas which have remained constant.

There is a subtle but important difference between the obscure and the cryptic. The former, regardless of past experience or intelligence cannot be unraveled coherently whereas the latter can have various degrees of depth known if one posses a particular knowledge. I do not believe I am obscure and I do not purposely strive to be cryptic, it is just a natural companion of symbolism.

Ideas themselves are the most dangerous plaything. The cryptic style of aphorisms benefits and harms those with particularly dangerous ideas because the herd has short legs and are far too lazy to grow. Writing aphoristically leaves the majority lost or uncertain, which protects the bearer of dangerous ideas from the herd but may also prevent exceptional individuals from rising above the herd. To write as clearly and non-symbolically as possible will lay bare (and boringly) these dangerous ideas for those who can rise above the herd, but also lays them before the crowd. 

When expounding with symbolism a quite annoying problem arises: the forest is trimmed just enough that everyone believes they can navigate it without becoming lost! They can see hazy entities roaming the forest but they lack the lantern to see what these entities are, and for that, all is rejected. Those who feel comfortable dwelling among the trees often find comfort in a tendency to paint the hazy entities in their own image or as their ultimate enemy. A thought on suicide & bullying has (and continues) to annoyingly receive far more attention than any of my other writings (most of which I believe to be more important) precisely because of this expounding with symbolism.

This is my case for cryptic writing: If one entirely commits to a cryptic writing then they can rest assured that only those exceptional of the exceptional will posses skill in navigating the forest you have grown. If one writes plainly then the individual will be bored and at the same time risks the wrath of the herd. Finally, to write somewhere in the middle is the worst because, though the exceptional will not be bored, the crowd always thinks they can see the bottom of the puddle when in reality they often are only looking at their own reflections.

-The Involuntary Hermit


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