Thursday, May 04, 2006

If I only...


Try as I might, I end up with themes. The damned flying monkeys keep bringing me back to Oz. Ironically Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City. I remember the contest they held back in the 1980s to name it. It was the city's desperate attempt to get away from being simply known as the Rainy City. Even if you paint spots on a pig, it still oinks.

But I digress.

I am struck that, like the characters in the Wizard of Oz, people spend a great deal of time longing for things. Now granted, a brain, heart, home and courage do seem to be pretty basic expectations. But the moral of the Wizard of Oz was that a great deal of time was spent searching for something that each character had in the first place.

However, if you actually didn't have a brain, heart, or courage, would you really have the cognitive reasoning capacity, emotional integrity and backbone to actually go out of your way to try to get them (I left out home on purpose because not having a home would definitely motivate you get one)? I don't think so. I have encountered brainless, heartless cowards before and there didn't seem to be anything in their character that would motivate them to seek improvement.

Therefore, one would have to conclude that we only long for the things we already have. But according to the Rolling Stones, you don't always get what you want, you get what you need. So if you only long for what you already have, but only get what you need, then doesn't that mean you only need what you have? But where did that come from and why do you want it if you already have it? I have my suspicions that this is all just an elaborate plot to convince people to settle.

I was never very good in logic class and my brain now hurts.

But at least that is a good sign I have one.

And the courage to say so.

Not to mention alot of heart.

9 comments:

Mickey said...

...doesn't that mean you only need what you have?

Spoken like a true prophet.

By the way, I’m from the land of Oz...it’s an Aussie thing.

Anyway, my problem is my brain is fragmented, I often sleep under my bed (women in fishnet stockings scare me) and my heart has been broken, stepped on, run over and pulverized on numerous occasions.

cherish said...

Awesome picture, I like you as Dorothy the best. I think sometimes what we want is not always what we need.

Tim ID said...

Mickey the Slip! I thought Aussie's were from down under, not over? But I love a paradox. And I prefer to look at a brain as half full, if you sleep under the bed at least you don't have to worry about the boogeyman, and hearts are highly overrated.

Cherish, I really don't have the legs for Dorthy. I think I'm more the Cowardly Lion type.

kristy said...

Who had an album called "I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got"? Was that Sinead O'Connor? If so, how does she fit into all of this? She has no hair--I guess she therefore doesn't want it. But which came first, the not wanting it or the not having it?

Which had "The Emerald City" moniker first? Eugene, Oregon or Seattle, Washington?

Tim ID said...

Kristy, It was Sinead O'Connor who had an album called, "I do not want what I haven't got." This would imply that every thing she has just appeared without you wanting it, but you wanted it once you had it (except for a photo of the Pope).

I thought Eugene was the City of Hairy Legs, Purple Socks and Birkenstocks. Or was it the City of Ducks?

Lights in the wake said...

Wants and needs. Good topic. I've always been pretty good at distinguishing between them. WHich is why I have a TV that is 12 years old now. The damned thing wont die and I can't bring myself to replace something that ain't broken.

Tim ID said...

Lights, I believe yours is a Sony, big screen television which is a basic need, not a want. Oh, and Lights, I used you as a reference in today's post, you I'm hoping you have my back.

Lights in the wake said...

That TV is not mine. Belongs to my housemate. I have a 27" RCA. It still works so I wouldn't replace it yet even if I didn't currently have access to the big sony.

I haven't read the post yet but I agree with anything you happened to say.

Tim ID said...

Lights, Despite what fantasies you may have concocted about size not being important, it doesn't apply to televisions. Life was never meant to be viewed on a 27" RCA. You must have a credit card that hasn't been maxed out yet. Buy a bigscreen. You can't enjoy what you don't charge.

And thanks for agreeing with me on the other post without reading it. I'm going to go ahead and sign you up for five at full price. Thanks for your generosity.