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If human beings had genuine courage

31 October 2014

If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.

Douglas Coupland


16 Comments to “If human beings had genuine courage”

  1. Actually, we do.
    The species would’ve die out millennia ago if people didn’t run around pretending to be civilized.

    • Bartholomew Thockmorton

      I agree…I don’t know what he’s talking about…

      I dress like a beach-bum every day!

  2. *ahem*

    Some of us do.

  3. I love Coupland.

  4. I spend most of the day in my bathrobe. I wonder who first launched this wonderful trend?

  5. There’s an older guy on my train who wears a cowboy hat and cowboy boots every day plus a suit or sport coat. On Fridays, he wears jeans and a cowboy-style shirt and string tie under his sport coat. Some how it’s OK to run around in downtown Chicago dressed like a cowboy, but if I wore my Viking or musketeer outfit I’d get strange looks. Which makes me wonder: Does concealed or open carry apply to edged weapons?

    • I wore a Resistol, boots, jeans, and a blazer when I went to Chicago. Worked like a charm. Crowds parted to let me pass.

    • You might be able to get away with that down here in Texas, Ron 😉 I’ve walked about in steampunk gear during conventions and didn’t get too much flack for my pistol and cutlass.

    • In the mid-west, it’s not unusual for farmers and ranchers to dress up in jeans, boots, string tie, and jacket. I used to know several farmers-turned-brokers trading commodities on the Kansas City Board of Trade dressed like this, and their bank accounts were feeling no pain.

      These are their dress boots, understand — not their work boots. Ditto for the hats.

  6. So let me get this straight.

    One day a year, some people dress up to pretend they are something they are not.

    If they had courage, they would dress up all the time to pretend they are something they are not.

    I have known people who spend all their time pretending to be what they are not. I don’t know in every case what motivates them, but I would never call it courage.

  7. I think he means that on Halloween, we choose costumes that reveal our deeper urges and longings, and that if we had courage we would do that every day.

    • I have seen quite a few zombie costumes in my time. I have never met anyone who had a deep urge or longing to be a shambling, decaying mass of undead tissue doomed to wander around infecting the living and eating brains. Even those people who do that for a living (fill in your least favourite politician or media figure) can only do it because they are surrounded by sycophants and yes-men who constantly reassure them that they are doing something entirely different and better.

      • I don’t agree with his sentiment, but I figured that’s what he was getting at. When I was a kid, I favoured vampire and hobo outfits. I never managed to accomplish either aspiration, though.

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