One evening last month, I was sitting on the couch when I was suddenly struck by a terminological epiphany! I realized I've never been there. Never. It doesn't even matter where there is, I've never been there. It was a staggering realization. You see, whenever I've tried to go there, in the instant I arrive, it ceases to be there, and becomes here, thereby thwarting my efforts to get there.
As you can imagine, to someone who's been a lot of places, it's quite disconcerting to discover not only is there a place I've never been, but there's a place I can never get to. I confess, I'm sorely tempted to redouble my efforts rather than admit defeat. But logic dictates it doesn't matter how hard I try - I simply cannot get there. Success is impossible.
There are certain things a person just shouldn’t say, and yet, we all do it. No, I’m not taking about things that are rude, vulgar, or otherwise uncivilized. I’m thinking of self-negating commands or advice (usually in the form of cliches). Personally, I think it’s the fact that they’re cliches which is at fault. If they weren’t so common, everyone who hears them might tilt their head to one side, squint, and think, “Say what?”
OK, sure, we're all making history every minute of every day, some of it memorable and some we hope will soon be forgotten, but with indexing, you make double the history at once: the usual history of your existence and making history accessible to others.
"Huh?" you ask.
We live in a world where everyone wants rewards: rebates, prizes, freebies, handouts, and so on. More and more, people want rewards for less effort. We don't want to work for our income. We don't want to buy something before winning a prize. We want excuses to get us out of punishment. Consequence is a dirty word. Some reading I've done of late, and a realization I had some time back have finally come together into the understanding that we're getting rewarded all the time. We just don't realize it (and a lot of us aren't going to like it when we finally do realize it–which is inevitable).
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