Impoverished acquisitions

Not many are grateful for what they receive. They always want more, in one form or another. Special service. To feel more spectacular, than the rest. Picked. Chosen. Better than. If you present that, they want this – if you present this, they want that. More of this, less of that, with, and none of. Getting everything they want, and when there is something they can’t have, it stops them in their tracks. Tantrums of this must be it. Or mostly a beheading of actual sense. Wrapped in plastic, for contained freshness. Loosing ones head amongst many men; bartering her flesh, early market morning.

Why is it that we think we know what is best for someone without first asking them?


21 responses to Impoverished acquisitions

  1. Reminded of me of my favourite lyric/song of all time The Port of Amsterdam by Jacques Brel (a genius) although this small extract is a David Bowie translation from the French,

    ‘In the port of Amsterdam where the sailors all meet
    There’s a sailor who eats only fish heads and tails
    And he’ll show you his teeth that have rotted too soon
    That can haul up the sails that can swallow the moon

    And he yells to the cook with his arms open wide
    “Hey, bring me more fish, throw it down by my side”
    And he wants so to belch but he’s too full to try
    So he stands up and laughs and he zips up his fly’

    If not already known to you try and find the Scott Walker version on YouTube.

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      You are a man of much knowledge, I shall tube fellow Scott Walker later this afternoon. Have a fine day or night Mike!

  2. On special service: I think it may be the reification of individuality that we see in our culture Jessie; everyone asserts their supposed uniqueness, or feels they ought to. Think Hipster. And laugh.

    On the question of advice giving: often it is plain arrogance, but then so many want to play helpless, feeding off the attention they are consequently given. ‘Emotional vampires’ they call them I think.

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      What does reification mean?

      I guess everyone is really just trying to exploring themselves, more than assert? Maybe they don’t really know how to, therefore start to copy. ‘Hipsters’ merely ‘lost-ers’? But what is found anyway.

      Arrogance, yes.


      • ‘Reification’, in the sense I mean it, is elevating an idea – here the idea of Individualism – and making it somehow concrete through our social performances, appearance, statements, attitudes, and so on.

        I of course accept your take on people exploring themselves, though perhaps this is something that applies more in our adolescent and early adult years than in maturity? So called ‘mature’ individuals seem more prone to asserting the baggage they have accumulated and identified with over the years, I think it’s true to say. I suppose it’s a combination of the two really Jessie, the one followed by the other – first the exploration, then the assertion.

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        Ok, it kind of makes sense. Does that according to you seem a good thing? or the opposite?

        Explore, assert. grow. Explore, contradict last assertion?

      • Neither; it simply is how I see it – an opinion; it has nothing to do with morals or value judgements.

        I cannot understand the second part of your comment Jessie; could you elaborate for me?

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        Upon re-examination of the sentence, I haven’t a clue as how to elaborate, or even understand it. I wrote it in a semi-rushed state this morning. The only word that comes to mind is breath.

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      Sporks are the best invention since a good invention of something. But seriously, anything with double purpose ie watermelon (food & drink) is

  3. Excellent photo! No, really, I like it.☺ Though it would never have occurred to me…. As for us not asking, it surely must be our superior intellect and near-flawless record making decisions for others.

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      Thanks Robert, there is this story about a watermelon…. oh, you’ve probably heard it, well the thing about toilet rolls is… oh… I better get a new story.

      You cant make decisions for others without asking, it’s playing a game with someone’s life!

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