Archive for February 2011
This is worth watching.
The Author of Unremitting Failure is Failing at Failing
I cannot get enough of Unremitting Failure. Who is this person so bent on failing he (she?) succeeds so spectacularly with every post? My favorite line:
“It is perhaps true that some people write what they think, but we hold such people in contempt. They’re merely transcribing whores for their pimp brains as they turn out scholarly treatises, op ed pieces and the like.”
I think I just made that phrase up (really: Google says “No results found for “Intersubjective Finitude”). What I mean is that the human condition is chock-full of limits: we have limited energy, we age and parts droop or just stop working, finances are always ¾ empty (partly because we always want more than we have). Look: we still have to sleep every day because we simply run out of steam! The human condition is all about these limits.
I think it is purposeful.
The wonder of conversation is that it has the possibility of bumping out limits in the most surprising ways. I talk with my wife and she says something that lifts my spirits (and energy) in an unexpected way. A dinner discussion with a colleague reveals a new approach to exercise that may provide a more sought-after outcome. A haphazard conversation outside a coffee shop and I suddenly realize a next step for a vexing copywriting problem.
Our humanness bespeaks frailty and limits at every turn. And at every conversational turn, we run smack into words that would free us from momentary miseries. Multiply the effect by ten thousand in the mysterious conversations with God we call “prayer.”
What pivotal conversation will happen today?
[Image Credit: Marc Johns]