Archive for June, 2009

Information Gratification

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 28, 2009 by Arthur

Among all the astonishingly moronic things that disturb me in my office, there is one thing that drives me mad. A white slip of paper that hangs from my supervisor’s work area screams my name every other day. My supervisor is one of those types of people who need positive quotes from celebrities and CEOs surrounding her at all times. I actually think it’s counterproductive to print and cut out slivers of ridged office paper with words of people you can never actually become. But enough about that, here’s the supposed quote from Mahatma Gandhi:

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”

I did some cursory research and the best source that I can find is that this quote was said during a 1890 speech given in South Africa. The more I read it and try to understand why a man who is known for pacifist views and anti-war sentiments would discuss guest service just flummoxes me. I’m thinking this might be a case of the lazy media carrying over either a) a half-truth quote that was never said but regurgitated enough times to make it false public knowledge à la Gore and his often misquoted claim that he invented the internet. Or b) a complete and apocryphal quote picked up through slothful research.  Recently this happened when Shane Fitzgerald, a student from Dublin, made up a quote for French composer, Maurice Jarre when he passed away. Evidently, the false quotation ended up printing in a slew of American and European articles for a month before Fitzgerald told the media it was a farce.

One day I’ll know the truth behind the cryptic Gandhi quote but until I finish my research, the lesson of the story is never believe what you read or hear. Take the time to do some sort of research and never accept anyone’s word beyond face value. I know in this time of instant information gratification, it’s hard to take a second opinion but find a few legitimate sources and dig deep. Never swallow other people’s opinions and always question authority.

Damn Right

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 27, 2009 by Arthur

Recently, I was looking through an old issue of a men’s magazine and I saw the following advertisement for Canadian Club Whiskey:

Canadian Club
The pictures and text are obvious throwbacks to the 1960’s when a man was a man and evidently, people of color didn’t roam the streets. This type of advertising is really insulting as it attempts to entice an audience via lackluster tactics. It seems that no matter what decade, whether it’s the 1960’s or the 2000’s, women are and always will be sex objects. The text of the ad only reinforces the sexual behavior of men by letting us know that since our fathers were promiscuous, we should be too.

“Your mom wasn’t your dad’s first. He went out. He got two numbers in the same night. He drank cocktails.”

Personally, my father used to drink a lot and be verbally abusive to my mother, so does that mean I should get inebriated with delicious Canadian Club Whiskey and disrespect women? No. And as a man who believes in individuality, why the hell would I have any desire to be like my father? He’s a good man now but has different perspectives and goals. Parents hope to give their children better opportunities than they had, so for the kids to end up just like them seems as depressing as this advertisement’s aim.

Easy to Swallow Pill

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 by Arthur

There once was a boy with very dark brown hair and over-sized black wayfarers. This boy was 25 years young and stood a decent five foot seven inches tall. He wasn’t very ordinary in respect to his thoughts and actions. In fact, many people were offended and appalled by what he said or did. In his mind, his knowledge of society’s sensitive spots were there to exploit. To live life and not laugh at its tragedies is a tragedy in itself.

It is said that this boy’s mission was to add buoyancy to such heavy topics and point out their inconsistencies. A lot of people looked at the young man, and scoffed, even wrote him off. But he was content in knowing his jokes and comments were valid. This wasn’t for sheer shock value or to get a cheap laugh, it was observations in an [not so] easy to swallow pill.

The child made sure to surround himself with a gamut of individuals to form his social circles. From children to the elderly as well as honest, hard working people to the leeches of society. His friends, his enemies, and those in between have given this boy perspective. It was a perspective like no one else’s and needed to be documented. So one day, the boy decided to start a blog.