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Observations on Ironies and Other Things

I was in the grocery store the other day, and over the sound system, I heard Joni Mitchell singing, "They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot..."

It was almost disturbing, to hear that song in a supermarket. I think it was because probably no one else noticed, and few other people would even think of it as an ironic moment.

However, I think Joni Mitchell should be played in more grocery stores. All the time. Maybe more people would be start to be disturbed, in a good way, of course. Besides, Joni Mitchell's songs are cool.

I have a friend, who is a gamer and self-proclaimed "otaku," that he doesn't understand "those people" who pride themselves on "being weird." He is the most status quo-loving gamer I have ever met. I doubt he would be pleased if I told him that he was weird because of that.

I have realized that what separates the Mundanes from the Shining and Silly People is a tremendous fear of the Unknown. Well, everyone is afraid of the Unknown, but Mundanes incapacitate themselves because of it. That is why they are content to live sad, lonely lives doing jobs they hate, because it is better than taking risks. A fool knows no fear, a Sleeper remains shackled by it, a Master transcends it and yet recalls its wisdom. It is good to be afraid; it is folly to bow to terror. (Bonus points if you know where that comes from.)

I would like to pause and say that I am very proud of my aforementioned friend because, although he is a Muggle (but a Gaming Muggle), he has decided to get an education so he can get a job he likes, and not keep the safe one he hates. I really hope he will be happy. It will make me happy if he is happy.

I took a storybook character test, today, and I am very proud that I came up as Winnie the Pooh, not just because Pooh is an admirable character, but also because I get annoyed when people think I am Tigger. I don't like Tigger. Boings and Tiggers bounce, it's true, but that's all we have in common, thank you very much.

Neither the above statement, nor the one above it, had much Irony in it--in case you hadn't figured it out, I thought I'd tell you, those belong in the "other things" category.

Back to irony, even though I am out of school and only working part time, I still go to bed too late. I've gotten used to it, and it's really bad for me. Under the list of things that are annoying, I find that I do my best writing late at night. Except, ironically, right now.

Go home my friends, and listen to Joni Mitchell and hug your loved ones, and remember that all human beings are human beings, even when they are inhumane.


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