Saturday, August 28, 2010


a simple life

i have a friend who is an average middle class guy. like most of us, he lives a quiet life minding his own business and doesn't get too worked up on things. just mosey along the path of life with no great upheavals or calamities but also no real high points of any significance either. he has no ambition to be a hero, a famous man or to change the world. just want to live a happy life. in other words a seemingly boring life. but life is not as simple as that. even a flea has an interesting life if you ask david attenborough.

incidentally today as usual i just picked a book at random and i came upon this nice description in margaret atwood's Writing with Intent:Essays, reviews , Personal prose 1983-2005. in an eulogy Carol Shield who died last week, Wrote Books that were full of Delights she wrote:

Human life is a mass of statistics only for statisticians; the rest of us live in a world of individuals, and most of them are not prominent. Their joys ,however , are fully joyful, and their griefs are real. It was the extraordinariness of ordinary people that was Shield's forte,....

doesn't exactly moves me to go and buy carol shield's books but how true it is what she says. and my friend do have his little adventures. and one little adventure that turned his life upside down started when one day he came to his secretary when no one else was in the office and took her hand and put it on his dick. and that little act triggered a tragicomic sequence of events that he has yet to fully recover from. much for simple life.

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