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In line waiting…and looking at despair

…the line grows and grows but I’m in pretty good shape…I am, however, looking at the very definition of despair. There is a young man staffing a “Mobile Solution” kiosk displaying lots of different cell phones…that aren’t iphones. He keeps looking at the line and the lack of people at his kiosk and he looks very, very sad. I feel very, very bad for him. I hope he is getting combat pay or something.

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posted June 29, 2007 at 1:35 pm

I study the work of a scholar named Rene Girard. His keen insight – early in his career – was that we don’t desire something on our own, We see the desire of another and our desire grows from that. This can be good – I want to be like Jesus so I’ll try to imitate the best followers in my world. or baaad – I want to feel righteous so I’ll be like these other people who seem righteous and decide that either homosexuals or those with freckles carry the evil of the world and we must be rid of them. Or it can be about an IPHONE. Now, personally, I would probably love playing with an IPHONE, but realistically know I would barely use it. It might glow in my purse or inspire the desire of another – “wow, cool, I want one of those,” but the reality is it would take a lot of mimetic energy to make me actually spend money on one. On the other hand, I want a kitchen that reminds me of an IPHONE. I’ve designed it in my head and want it. Didn’t think about it until I (1) started taking Bon Appetit with their annual kitchen issue and (2) my two good friends had kitchen redo’s. There is no line to stand in for kitchens – although the local kitchen construction guy has a waiting list of 1 year and certainly I don’t cook well enough to merit such expenditure. But – I know I would turn into a great cook if I only had that kitchen…….
Have a good time in line David.

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posted June 29, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Ah, yes. Mimetic triangulation, scapegoating and atonement. The iPhone does all of that and plays music, too. Thinker, as far as I’m concerned, if there’s a prize for best blogger in a supporting role, you win it in a walk.

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