September 14, 2007

Man vs. Domicile - Opening Contemplation


Entombed “Knife & Blade Set”

Not every challenge of man’s environment takes courage, brute force, and craftiness. Some problems that the domicile throws your way are philosophical dilemmas. If properly handled, these can result in a moment of calm reflection. Or psychic destruction.

In a state of heightened awareness, man achieves a kind of indescribable oneness with his surroundings, as if he has touched some universal truth. Words fail, because the human mind cannot fully grasp. The closest description would be that of a blind man touching an elephant while wearing a burqua, a sombrero and a pair of welding gloves.

The man, not the elephant.

I was faced with such a problem (“problem” is such a coarse word — let me say “opportunity”) when I visited the store and retrieved a razor tool to be used in opening plastic clamshell packaging.

When I returned to the domicile, I placed the tool on my desk and it immediately chickened my egg. I stared at it. It stared back. Surely, for everything in this universe, there is a cause. And every cause has its cause. And so forth. Back into the depths of time. Plumb those depths and you feel overwhelmed, spinning. Where is the first cause? Who has presented me this cruel joke? More importantly - how the hell am I going to get this package opened?

There is a time for philosophy, but philosophy has also been known to kill the wiliest of men when it strikes at the wrong time. Man must triumph over domicile.

I chewed through the packaging with my teeth to get at the tool, in the process proving I did not need it.

Did man triumph? Did domicile? As I used a screwdriver to pry sharp bits of plastic out of my bleeding gums, I pondered these questions. The one thing I knew for certain was that I could never use that tool now. It was dead to me.

Posted by James at September 14, 2007 9:08 AM
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Someone - I think it was Stephen Colbert - did a piece on this once. I think he called it "packaging rage."

Posted by: Julie at September 14, 2007 9:34 AM

Cheered and cheering. Thanks.

Posted by: ThirdMate at September 14, 2007 12:51 PM

Oh the irony! And the humanity!

Posted by: briwei at September 14, 2007 1:32 PM

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