My resolution for this year is to be more mischievous, to keep only but absolutely one toe dipped in sinful waters. While I instinctively reject the notion that evil must exist in the world if there is to be good, I concede we are stuck with it. As such, we might as well pay attention to what evil can teach us about being good, and living well, and use at least mildly evil acts as landmarks to plot our path towards goodlier shores. So this year I am trying to better define that line between good and evil by probing that boundary with mischievous acts, getting as near as I dare, never quite stepping over.
The acts will all be harmless pseudo evils, intended (if having any external intention at all) to do no more than confuse, entropize, inspire, and/or incite.
Among my mischievous goals for the year:
- Create intricate large scale public hoaxes. [I've already completed one such hoax, getting the attention of tens of thousands of people!]
- Graffitti meaningful messages / art in non-damaging public places. [Working on the art for this.]
- Lie pointlessly and frequently to strangers.
- Practice and use a British and/or Scottish accent in public.
- Always use random names when placing food, beverage orders.
- Intercept a restaurant delivery order, happening to catch a delivery person on their way to someone's front door, paying for that food, then eating it (or donating it to homeless people if it has meat/fish). [Almost did this the other day.]
- Send mysteriously intriguing packages to strangers around the country.
- Steal silverware from some restaurants, which I'll return later thereby undoing wrong. [One setting borrowed thus far.]
- Create, publish, promote, and win converts to my new religion. [In progress.]
- and more...
I'm pleased with my progress so far... But it's about the journey, not the destination, so whatever I achieve will be a pleasingly good enough.