[This was originally published in Doomed to Obscurity (DtO) Issue #3 and touched up here.]
Why the name? It implies what we are all destined to be. First off, I was not one of the ones who founded this new zine, or one who helped think of any part of it. I read the first issue, and it it rung a bell somewhere in me. I kicked back and thought about what exactly the title meant, and where I was going… Until a few years ago at least. Then things changed in the relationship between myself and obscurity.
How did things change? Why did they change? Because I wanted them to. It occurred to me that like millions before me, I was capable of passing beyond this realm without leaving a visible mark.. without leaving some fragment of a legacy to those who follow me. That isn’t something I want to come to pass if I can help it. There is no reason in the world why every single individual who wants to leave his or her mark can’t do so.
Read. This one action can get you further in life than hundreds of hours of mindless labor. Read other people’s works, so that you can see what was done before you. Understand what others thought of fundamental questions in life and use that as a foundation for your own educated thoughts on why things work the way they do.
Write. If in no other way, you can always write what you think, how you feel, where you have been, and what you have experienced. Your thoughts and feelings will later be used to help guide someone else. What you write will go on to be read by thousands, maybe millions in the future. Somewhere, in some form, what you write will be kept in logs, on ftp servers, on private bulletin board systems.
What? Write about events, how they relate to you, why they affect you and others. Write about trends in society, society itself, or the governing bodies that affect that society. Write about why you feel repressed, why you feel free, and what to do about it.
Change. Suggest it, tell about it, push it, do everything short of forcing it on someone. Change is the most wicked engine of creativity. By changing everything around us, we open ourselves to new ideas, new methods of doing what we are required. Via change, we as the human race may be able to push beyond society and forge a new living where we are closer to being content.
That’s it. Short as it may be, it sums everything up. Don’t doom yourself to obscurity. Strike out against the idea of passive resistance. Be active in the struggle to make a change.