This originally appeared on misteragyeman.blogspot.com on September 26, 2014.
Once in a while you happen to see some random commonplace thing without the filter of your experience, and it looks all wrong. It happens quite often with words- all of a sudden the spelling looks… off, somehow, though you try to tell yourself it’s okay. I get that a lot: ‘whether’ does it too me on a regular basis; occasionally ‘piece’ too.
This phenomenon is even more disturbing when it happens in everyday life. Sometimes it hits so hard, it sticks in your mind all day. This type happened three times in a week a couple of months ago, and now they are stuck forever. Even worse, now they’ve given birth to morals.
1. When you try to uninstall your antivirus, and that action activates a 70% off deal in the software. This is sad because it means you don’t get the good deal until you decide you don’t need it so much. The way the world works, the people who don’t particularly want something require more persuasion. If you’re hungry, you sell your birthright. If you’re not, you get your smartphone at a third of the pre-launch order price. It doesn’t help when you say these things make sense. Of course they do; but should they?
2. When you see a flyer for linoleum or tiles and their big advantage is that they look like wood. Sometimes functionality isn’t as desirable as appearance. We say it’s what’s inside that matters, but you can only tell what’s inside by what you see. Plastic tiles last longer than wood panelling. Wood would require special maintenance, probably. So wood doesn’t just look good, it also suggests that you have the money and sophistication to maintain it. This sort of thing happens all around us. ‘Cheap’ is now officially an insult.
3. When you see an ambulance being towed. I saw this one on a day when I really needed something nice to happen. It didn’t help my mood. It stayed on my mind the whole day, then a week later I saw a tow truck being towed. Sometimes, the helper needs help. Sometimes the fixer gets broken. And we’ll say, ‘c’est la vie’. That doesn’t explain anything.
I’m not sure what this all signifies; I wrote it as a sort of cathartic exercise. But sometimes it’s useful to remember that it’s not an answer when you say ‘that’s the way it is’. We fly; it’s generally accepted that that’s not ‘natural’. Because nature isn’t natural. The world is the result of entropy, matter fighting for energy. It’s the same story transposed in love, and war, and economy. When you know a good thing, and logic is standing in the way, ignore logic.