This morning I opened the newspaper and saw “EPA” on the front page headlines. “Oh, great!” I thought … until I read it stood for economic partnership agreement.
It used to stand for Environmental Protection Agency.
How times have changed … or regressed.
We are such masters at deception and self-delusion.
Until now there wasn’t a word for this trick – shrinkflation – of making things smaller while selling it to you at the same price as before. We knew about it as manufacturers (they all do it). And as consumers we notice it but forget about it seconds later.
This is why I dislike economics because it is dishonest in its methods.
I’ve said similar things about money and value before. It is easy to pull wool over the consumers eyes with visual trickery.
If I were the owner of a coffee shop the first thing I would watch in a customer is which hand he or she uses to drink the complementary water served, and then serve the coffee with the cup handle placed towards the “handed-ness” of that customer.
This is nothing more than Mindfulness on the part of the coffee master.
The point of Banksy’s art is social commentary. More importantly it is location specific. So by removing it from the wall it was painted on means it loses its meaning, significance and value. In a sense Banksy is really criticizing about this kind of phenomenon by choosing graffiti as his medium.
You know, nothing really has meaning.
What I mean by this is that within context things make sense. But what if you expand or contract the context? The meaning changes. So this in itself is an indication of the inherent instability of meaning.
So meaning is contextual. It is empty of any independent “substance”. Nothing new about this. Socrates said something similar about words in Cratylus. As did Buddha. And so the jump to this conclusion is not hard to reach.
I should take this – my own advice – to heart.
Happy New Year, everyone.
and everything will
show you it’s beauty
it’s the world,
a kind of
but one day
you will know
or even love
do not come
should keep silent.
is that not