Like a dog chasing cars.
As an agent of chaos and repeatedly established as the most iconic Villain of the Comic-book universe, The Joker stands out because of his approach to not being too concerned when he conquers his goals.
“I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do with one when I caught it.”, The Joker admits to a battered and broken Harvey Dent as he lays on a hospital bed with half his face burnt.
It might be the most gruesome of deliveries, yet it remains true to every single pursuit I’ve had over my goals.
Whenever I do plan, the plans fall apart — and I resort to improvising.
When I don’t, the unexpected happens — because my lack of planning also means lack of expectation.
It is in these moments, that my true skills are tested — and new limits are reached.
It’s also worth noting the genius of Heath Ledger’s response as the hospital failed to detonate as planned, and instead of cutting the scene; he responded to his inner instinct to improvise in the moment as he awaited for the directed explosion.
Now a fair-warning, I do not condone The Joker’s behaviour in the fictional universe of blowing things up for his fulfilling his homicidal tendencies.
But I do find Villains more fascinating than the Heroes.
I embrace the idea of now knowing the outcome, I just know what I’ve got to do.
Much as Heath Ledger was instructed “Not to look back at the Hospital”, but did manage to control the scene when it didn’t go according to plan.
The Joker is, in-fact a master manipulator.
He channels his menacing behaviour to adapt to the environment and create the illusion that he is always in control.
Anything that has form can be overcome; anything that takes shape can be countered. This is why sages conceal their forms in nothingness and let their minds soar in the void — Huainanzi.
If we consider the cost of strategy and planning, timing every move, executing each set of plans as outlined — we risk losing the greater aim of acknowledging our goal with stride if faced with adversity.
Coming to terms with what we have knowledge of, and utilising it to the best of our abilities; is in my opinion a better approach than pursuing knowledge for the sake of achieving a particular goal.
As human’s our greatest ability is to evolve, to adapt, and to master our abilities in pursuit of our goals and fulfilling them.
Whilst war-strategy has similar roots in planning to achieve greater goals — the failed execution of a perfect strategy is a far more severe blow.
When I begin writing, I often do not know what the topic is or what the ending is likely to; I write as though I’m following a free flow of ideas that are coming to me as I’m typing along on a keyboard which mimics my movements into words on an amalgamation of pixels.
I’m not searching for words, or ideas.
Rather I’m relying on my knowledge, to feed the energy in creating a piece that makes sense.
Giving it a title later on, and deciding if I’m content with the piece.
When I publish, I don’t have an established estimate of the audience or the likelihood of it being a success; rather I focus on what I’m doing rather than having a plan —like a dog chasing cars.
I’m just chasing the car, hoping that in doing so; the car doesn’t randomly come to a halt — leaving my face imprinted on its read-end.