Friday, April 13, 2012

30 days

I just watched an episode of thirty days in which a couple, middle classers, lived on minimum wage for 30 days. From my window on their world it seemed to me that the main difference between actually poor people and middle class tourists (pourisists?) is that the MCs complained about it a lot. Nothing in the episode really surprised me content-wise but it did make me think about the difference between working class and middle class expectations and how powerful that difference is in shaping what people not only feel they deserve but also in framing what they strive for and how they go about it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Speaking for others

Here I go doing it and I think this is something we all do to some degree but it troubles me somewhat. I have some weird rich ore vein of honesty running through me that is UNhelpful. I cannot agree to a proposition without ironing out and declaring all exceptions. This makes it exceedingly hard to have an interesting intellectual discussion that goes anywhere. It's like having or being the hall monitor pointing out every deviation from the prescribed code of honesty. And we all know how that frees up creativity to explore novel ideas. Or, not ALL of us I must be hall-monitorly honest and say.

And so I wonder, is this rigid honesty self-blockading. Getting co-conversants to agree with banal true minuitae constantly interrupts the flow of a wave that might actually take us somewhere. And cutting off someone not only bogarts their wave but ends up giving them the feeling (it seems from the outside - full disclosure now ; )) that there is little point in pursuing the topic or that for some reason they cannot articulate they need to dig in and really insist their point through whatever devious and confusing labyrinthine means necessary to maintain a sense of their own superiority or rightness.

I create a tiny pen from which to lust after the landscape of stimulating discussion. And finished my build there I sit, longingly looking out at all that I have made sure to keep myself from.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Porridge makes me happy

And why?
The ritual of it. For someone as leaf-buffeted-in-a-storm as I am it is a kind of an anchor to each morning from which to build a day. From the base of this warm, nourishing, and actually predictable part to a day I can then happily surrender to the wind-whipped vivid ephemerality of the day blustering me about. Robed in chaos the still centre remains safe, content with ritual's intangible mooring line that promises a new chance each day. Like Odysseus strapping himself to the mast to hear the Sirens' song I can take the wild, mad, unpredictable beauty of my existence. I can accept as Paul Klee says that "a single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller" because I know that it will come again. The sun of the new morning rising up over the porridge bowl that welcomes the possibility of all that is or may be.