Friday, May 19, 2006

I lost the remote

I was eating my bowl of cereal today and I'd turned the T.V. on. The regular channels now have paid advertisements on them during the breakfast time. Some geezer was trying to sell me the power of God, and in his testimonial he went on about how he put all his objects d'addiction before himself and entreat God to save him from them.... booze, cigarettes, sweets, coffee. Each time he'd put them on the table in front of him and play his own teatre d'Gesemene with the object of his desire. I thought... must have been really hard to get a hooker up on that table.

What was this man going off on?... obviously he had a pathological problem with addiction. Perhaps he should have been going to the altar of Prozac. I wondered what would have become of him if he were a caveman - you know right at the cusp of when we came from hairy monkey men. Would he have fallen out of a tree and cracked his skull because he was trying so hard to get to that bee-hive to get honey. Would he have accidentally eaten the wrong mushroom because he was trying to get high? Or would he have been disemboweled by a hungry sabre toothed tiger because he was just jonesing a little too much for that adrenaline rush from taking too great a risk... well, maybe not that... he didn't look like the daredevil type.

This says something about things being readily available to us though... it's harder to be addicted to something when it's not within arm's reach. Maybe this is where acetism comes from. The Essenes put themselves in self-imposed exile away from the worldly life so they could study and contemplate on the word of God. You cannot control your desire or perceived need of something so you have to set an 'externally' imposed limit upon yourself. Damnit God tells you you DONT NEED that Krispy Kreme donut.

Main Entry: pa·thol·o·gy
Pronunciation: -jE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -gies
Etymology: New Latin pathologia & Middle French pathologie, from Greek pathologia study of the emotions, from path- + -logia -logy
1 : the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them
2 : something abnormal: a : the structural and functional deviations from the normal that constitute disease or characterize a particular disease b : deviation from propriety or from an assumed normal state of something nonliving or nonmaterial

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Quotes on Mediocrity

All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
- Scott Alexander

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
-Eric Hofer

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
-Charles Lamb

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -Bill Vaughn

Your most dangerous competitors are those that are most like you.
-Bruce Henderson

Any corporate policy and plan which is typical of the industry is doomed to mediocrity. Where this is not so, it should be possible to demonstrate that all other competitors are at a distinct disadvantage.
-Bruce Henderson

Friday, May 05, 2006

Need to jump off...

I had a dream last night where I was talking to an internal customer at work and they were encouraging me to apply for a job in their area or group.

My group could be worst, and it could be better. We could have better leadership, but then again we could have better teamwork as well. At least there are a handful of people here who can still speak their mind.

I've been thinking that I don't want to work for training anymore because people consider training to be useless or namby-pamby or at the very least glorified document control people. You know educators just get the crapper, no matter where they are placed in this society. In the world of pedagogy or the fast-paced competitive world of the corporate whore. I'm just moaning right now. It will pass.

I think I'm going through this lull right now... I had a great burst of energy at the beginnning of the year where I felt all gung ho about spearheading these initiatives to promote better collaboration of efforts at work to enhance possibilities for innovation. I finally felt like my brain, my ability to problem solve was being valued over my ability to follow directions correctly.