Some Things to Live By

Some Things to Live By

After another few weeks in lockdown, I’ve been thinking about “things”. Both the physical some things and the mental some things we accumulate as the days go by.

This time has has seen us both tidy up and slob out. Sometimes at the same time.

It’s a little bit funny how easy it is to vacuum a room full of dog hair, yet not see the dust on the tv cabinet, or the other stuff lying about.

Like my overdue library books stacked up under my lamp waiting for the library to reopen.

Or the elastic hair ties I’m putting my hair up with now that it’s getting longer. Or my actual hairs that seem to turn up more often in more places that Clever Girl’s hair.

It seems like we’re generating a “Somebody Else’s Problem Field” around those some things.

For those of you who don’t know, Douglas Adams explains that an SEP field capitalises on a person’s tendency to ignore things they can’t accept. An object, subect to this field becomes Somebody Else’s Problem, because understanding and accepting the existence of the object is impossible.

For example, giving a space ship the appearance of a pink elephant at a cricket match. You can see it, but it’s highly improbable, so it can’t exist, and ignoring it is the natural thing to do.

Now that my head has turned inside out, I think I’ll deal with mental some things some other time.

Some things

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