20 March 2012

Nemesis, Being a Post Concerning Irrational Hatred

Nemesis, winged balancer of life,
dark-faced goddess, daughter of Justice

Bond had SPECTRE. Angel had Wolfram & Hart.

I have Marimekko.

Sure, it might not be (publicly, anyway) an organisation of criminal masterminds or defenders of evildoers working for their own secretive ends (although I would not be at all surprised if something like this turned out to be its true purpose). It is a design company.

Everyone in Finland is familiar with this company. Their 'Unikko' ('poppy') pattern is downright ubiquitous here.

And I just don't get it. I think their designs are incredibly ugly. Garish colours, overly simple motifs. They look like designs for little children, not for anyone with an ounce of aesthetic taste.

'Nemesis', in its original sense, was a 'spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris'. The name is derived from Greek 'nemein', literally 'to give what is due' (and originally this could be both good fortune and bad). Today of course it is mostly used simply as a synonym for arch-enemy. But there is an element of balance perhaps still there. A hero must have his nemesis. And the best nemeses in fiction, the ones truly deserving of the title, tend to arise from mistakes in the hero's past, or prey on them.

I honestly don't know what I've done to deserve such an assault on my senses, but it must be pretty horrendous. And I don't know what to do about it, really. Mostly I just wish they'd go away. But of course they won't. That's kind of the point of Nemesis.

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