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Cui bono? - A little less than a happy high
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Cui bono?
The new office space is in a once well-appointed turn-of-the-(20th)-century office building. Even though the structure is a little on the crumbly side, there are some marvelous architectural details including dark wood doors and marble walls in the rest rooms. The space also shelters some fairly interesting graffiti. Cui bono? (roughly, Who benefits?) is scrawled above the urinal on the second floor. When posed with a question, I have a habit of at least thinking of an answer, and this was no exception. Obviously: "Well, me of course! I get to relieve my aching bladder."

If I could stop there, I'd be fine. My trouble is that I then start to wonder what else the question might imply. Who benifits from my working here? Who benefits from my existence? It's not long before the jest transforms itself into some all-too-serious navel-gazing.

Query: is it possible that any meaning given to our lives rests in the ability to reform ourselves once our innocence and preconceptions have been shattered?

I discovered on Saturday that some heavy cream I had bought for other uses had spontaneously cultured into marscapone. Once I tasted it to make sure that it hadn't been cultured by a bad bug (No sour: check. No bitter: check. Nigh on triple crème flavor profile... check), I immediately set to whisking it with a touch of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of maple whiskey and proceeded to serve it with shaved high-cocoa chocolate. Its reception was very good, even in the face of my explanation that it was an unintentional cheesemaking experience. I'll make some for real soon.

Current Music: Cranes, "Fragile"

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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 21st, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
hah, gotta love spontaneous marscapone. ^_^
komos From: komos Date: November 21st, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing that with all of the live cheeses I keep and otherwise have made that there's a fairly elaborate ecosystem operating in my fridge. It makes for a shorter shelf-life for things, though, so it's probably about time to bleach surfaces.
champignon From: champignon Date: November 21st, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I could stop there, I'd be fine. My trouble is that I then start to wonder what else the question might imply. Who benifits from my working here? Who benefits from my existence? It's not long before the jest transforms itself into some all-too-serious navel-gazing.

You and I think far too much alike. I do this same thing, all the time, which is why I always feel so ridiculous when anyone asks me what I'm thinking. No, you really don't want to know, and I can't even begin to explain how I got here. Heh.
komos From: komos Date: November 21st, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's usually a trigger, though, even if it was something that passed in conversation or circumstance an hour ago. There is a progression of ideas - perhaps orderly, perhaps not - but it's often not practical to explain just exactly how you came to be where you are.

Non-sequitur in those cases is really a glimpse of the meta-dialogue that should be occurring. ^_^
cinemama From: cinemama Date: November 21st, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Once I tasted it to make sure that it hadn't been cultured by a bad bug (No sour: check. No bitter: check. Nigh on triple crème flavor profile... check), I immediately set to whisking it with a touch of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of maple whiskey and proceeded to serve it with shaved high-cocoa chocolate.

And that is why you're my hero.
komos From: komos Date: November 21st, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
The best statement of the evening was, "If I had found something like that in my fridge, I would have thrown it out, but I trust your judgement and... oh, that's really good."
cinemama From: cinemama Date: November 21st, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is my point exactly!

(Hey, you're still coming down, right? We're making plans.)
komos From: komos Date: November 22nd, 2005 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to do. I'll drop an email shortly and we can start to figure.
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