the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

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7/09/2005

The Solution to All Things

THE IDEOLOGY OF romance is a narrative constructed around a quest: 'love' is the solution to all things; 'love' makes us complete; 'love' makes us full; 'love' makes us whole...

Like the search for 'love', consumption implies an incompleteness; something missing.

The ideology of consumerism – the promise that it makes is that (like 'love') consumption is the answer to all our problems: makes us whole, full, complete again.

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I have consumed copiously. All pigged out, all shopped out.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Calentropus said...

Another way of looking at it is .......

Everything is dynamic. To be dynamic is to interact. Comsumption is a form of interaction. Hence, to consume is to interact and thus, to be alive.

Therefore, we cannot help but to consume, for consumption is the evidence of interaction and thus, evidence of life. By definition, we cannot continue to be close to completion unless we consume.

The question really would be, whether we consume efficiently, for inefficient consumption (of anything) is not just wastage, but also expenditure of needless effort and resources.

The same applies to love. Love is, but a form of emotional consumption. Just like material consumption, one cannot be complete unless there is that (of love) for us to consume, lest we starve and whittle away in an emotional desert.

Because we are creatures of consumption, we shall need continual nourishment in the form of consumption of material and emotional resources. Our "completeness" (or closeness to), is thus determined by the availability of such resource to the extent that we need.

Any less and our completeness will be compromised. Too much, and we will drown in the excesses of our own indulgence.

12:59 PM  
Blogger thquah said...

welcome back!
'love' is the solution to all things; like to believe that this is true to my heart.

'good fortune' is the solution to all things that would more dynamic and make more sense.

But everyone of us need love to feel we are complete.When we feel love we are in heaven and more.........

1:20 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

OOT :

Err, after weeks of trying to figure out the trackback thingy, I really cant do it. I mean I dun get it still. :P Perhaps its because I dun use it gua. Sorry. :)

3:01 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

calentropus,

In a perfect world, there would no lack of either resources to feed our constant needs. But imperfect the world we live in:

Blessed indeed are the few who have enough of both and know it. Fulfilled, they are man made fully alive.

Less fortunate those, ever seeking to compensate the lack of one, are driven to overindulge, such that "surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, so die". All at once, full, yet hungry.

Discontented those, who, never satisfied with their share of either, forever searching to fill an imaginary emptiness.

Misery, those for whom the quietening of their stomachs is a constant struggle, the quest to fill their starving hearts an impossible dream. Theirs is a mere existence.

2:58 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

th,
Thank you. Yes, indeed, if the gods of fortune are smiling on us, we would not be in wnat, we would be dynamic, vibrant, fully alive!

jason,
Oh, thank you so much. It was so sweet of you to have tried. :)

3:01 PM  
Blogger Calentropus said...

Strange words, you so speak.

But much truth, therein lies.

Talking to Yoda, you have been ?

10:13 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

calentropus,
strange? my words?
hmmm... but thanks indeed, for the healthy perspective.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Lucia Lai said...

percolator, you wanna use trackback? i don't think blogger provide one, so you have to use it from haloscan. it's easy to install. go to the haloscan website and look around. if you can't get it, then let me know.
http://www.haloscan.com

5:35 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

lucia,
will I lose all previous comments when I switch to Haloscan?

3:08 PM  
Blogger Lucia Lai said...

oh no i'm not saying that you switch to haloscan comments. i'm saying that you use haloscan trackback.
er... but the thing is i haven't came across people who do NOT use haloscan comments BUT use haloscan trackback.

wait, i'll go to the haloscan forum and kacau them about this.

9:31 PM  

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