Practicality

yesterday, Fairview…

Align Center
Practicality is a psycho-cultural construction. I have a great admiration for the practical among us. The mindful and tactful and reticent. I have never been consistently tactful. I try to be mindful. I sometimes get so distracted trying not to offend or confuse people that I don’t have much time for practicality. I am just trying to scrabble my way out-of-and-into-around this odd year.

I don’t have the energy to be practical about it.

Besides, the conflicts between pragmatism and my rogue heart are many. Practicality (i.e. “doing the right thing”) can be rich and rewarding, but I’m not sure how interesting it is. I think I am trying to efficiently find creative ways to adapt to the practical demands of so-called modern life.

The thing about human beings is that we are – as a species – young and dumb. Our tech-savvy selves have pushed us socially into realms that our old mammalian brain and our dumb bodies haven’t had a chance to catch up with. Most species seem to have a much more incremental call-and-response sort of evolutionary track. Responding to environmental challenges by adapting, which in turn presents new sets of challenges. Our brains are too clever for our own good and now, look, we’ve outdone ourselves. In developed countries, we have successfully removed or mitigated most sources of environmental challenge. Natural disasters wreak occasional havoc, but – for the most part – we stay fairly comfortable. Turn up the AC, man.

If we had developed more cooperatively with our bodies, would we be able to have babies at an age when it is physically dangerous and socially taboo to have babies, no. We wouldn’t.

The thing is that – unlike most animals – humans have this really ridiculous consciousness that prompts us to assign meaning to our endeavors. If I were a possum and I was fearful, I would lie very still until it was safe for me to run away, and I wouldn’t look back. (I would also be immune to most viruses. Possums are amazing in their adaptations, far more so than us silly humans. We get sick all the time and, if we are wary or scared, we think about the practicality of running away and then we often stay.)

——Original Message——
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To: Me
ReplyTo: Me
Subject: Re: Notes
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 8:05 PM

Low pressure pressing in from the North and the West. Driving the clouds down towards the treeline.

Wait…wouldn’t high pressure more likely be the cause of low clouds?

Is this another inverse correlation? I seem to be coming across them everywhere.

I haven’t draw a map between practicality and happiness yet. That’s something to work on, a big job.

Yesterday, I did manage to re-home 4 chickens. A silly sort of afternoon: a headache, a dog crate, a polyester curtain, 1/2 a small flock of hens clucking alarmedly at the early 20th century classical arrangement that played as a soundtrack.

An sign of impracticality, for sure.

——Original Message——
From: Me
To: Me
ReplyTo: Me
Subject: Re: Notes
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 6:45 PM

Practicality is really somewhat impractical as far as happiness is concerned. Well, maybe…
I’ll have to think about this more. Perhaps draw a map.

——Original Message——
From: Me
To: Me
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Subject: Re: Notes
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 6:43 PM

I’ll probably cut it next month.

——Original Message——
From: Me
To: Me
ReplyTo: Me
Subject: Re: Notes
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 3:50 PM

I’ll grow my hair long ’til you break my heart.

——Original Message——
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To: Me
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Subject: Re: Notes
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 3:25 PM

Practicality
——Original Message——
From: Me
To: Me
ReplyTo: Me
Subject: Re: Notes
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 3:11 PM

Fall back
Back Pedal
Retreat

——Original Message——
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To: Me
ReplyTo: Me
Subject: Notes
Sent: Feb 22, 2010 6:36 PM

Heart like an egg, being stitched back together.

Wicked headache. Brain feels numb and spongy. Walked downtown today, left untagged birds on a red church door. One hanging in a tree. No time for pictures. Pure bird day.

They will be mysteries.

I’m four chickens down. 1/2 the flock was delivered to an acquaintance that would likely be a friend, if I weren’t so fearful of loops.

One thought on “Practicality

  1. Practicality is simply a useful tool to have in the box. No need to use it in every situation any more than you'd use a hammer when a saw is more appropriate.

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