Sunday, 16 August 2015

知觉 | Things I don’t understand about people (vol. 2)

Posted by: Dom Lowth

Well I told you there'd be a second volume on its way, so here it is.
1. Why brown cars exist and people buy them. I’ve always had a problem with brown cars. I don’t know if I’m missing some beauty that lies much deeper than where I’m looking, or if I’m actually devastatingly colour blind, but the issue definitely remains; to me, a brown car looks a lot like a shiny poo on wheels. There’s only one circumstance in which I could understand why someone would buy a brown car, and that’s if the picture online makes it looks gold. In fact, I would doubt that any of the car manufacturers would describe their cars as ‘brown’, because as a first impression it must be quite a turn-off for potential customers. Brown is the colour of old bananas and overdone steak. But, on the other hand, surely the companies can’t label them all as ‘gold’ instead, because that would be dishonest. As a colour, gold is beautiful. It’s symbolic of wealth, success and majesty. Your brown (not gold) 2004 Honda Fit is not beautiful, or actually any of the other options afore mentioned. I just started typing ‘brown…’ into Google, and almost the first search suggestion was ‘brown cardigan’. So if you’re buying a brown car, you’re putting yourself squarely into the same category as people who buy themselves brown cardigans online. It’s a fact; Google said so.
2. Why we can spend so much on branded clothing. It all revolves around fashion doesn’t it? A plain white T-shirt costs next to nothing, but if that plain white T-shirt has the two names ‘Abercrombie & Fitch’ printed somewhere on the front, you’re looking at a lot of money. Except you won’t be looking at it, because the money’s funded those words on your front, for others to look at. Having ‘Abercrombie & Fitch’ on a T-shirt provides concrete proof that the person wearing it is 'fashionable', and for some it’s also a handy way of showing off how rich they are too. A Dior Handbag is just a handbag. A Rolex is just a watch. Sure, they are nice handbags and watches, but they don’t cost the hundreds and hundreds of pounds on their price tags because they’re made of materials that cost that much. You pay for the status they provide you with. You pay to hear others ask: ‘Woah, is that a Rolex? How much did that set you back?’ So actually, I understand why people spend as much as they do on branded clothing. They do it to define themselves as fashionable and cool. But what I don’t understand is why being fashionable and cool is so important (and therefore worth that much money).
3. Why the majority of us find it so impossible to stick at things (long-term). I struggle with a lack of any ability to fully commit myself to things, both in the long-term and the short-term; as I can safely assume many of you lot do too. Starting with the long-term, I’ve always been someone who chops and changes. I don’t really edit myself much – I’m pretty much the same Dom one day to the next – but I am very indecisive when it comes to the things I do; my hobbies and pastimes etc. I started on the internet with a YouTube channel. It actually did quite well, gathering about 700 subscribers in its prime, but I got bored of it. I moved onto setting up my own photography site, ploughed through a sketchbook in half a year, dropped back into YouTube with a few more artsy videos, then dropped art altogether. Cycling was next, then swimming, running, juggling (?)... so it goes on. You get the point. thunk is keeping me occupied for the moment, and I really do love it, but I’m scared that it won’t be long before I give up on this too. Not because there’s any likelihood that I’ll start to hate it, but because apparently it’s my nature. It’s definitely not just me that has this problem either. Lots of my friends are exactly the same. So why is that? What is it about humans that makes us so unable to commit to one activity, one thought, one way of life for a long time? A really long time? I don’t know, silly, that’s why it’s on my list here. You should know by now that thunk isn’t the place to come to if you’re looking for the big answers to life’s big questions.
4. Why the majority of us find it so impossible to stick at things (short-term). Here’s the other side of the coin. Procrastination, in short (ha). Ryan touched upon the issue in one of his first posts, and I think he’d agree with me when I say that it’s a problem facing almost everyone from our generation. And almost everyone from our generation would probably agree that they’re facing the problem because the internet exists. The internet makes it possible for you to do almost anything in the world, instead of doing what you should be doing – and often what you need to be doing. Yes, your english homework is due tomorrow, but you could always listen to a few new albums instead, play some BM Tron, read a couple of news articles, take a quick online course in basic Korean, watch a YouTube video about how tortoises have evolved, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… and then maybe think about getting started with your work. The internet basically presents a huge number of much more interesting alternatives to doing what you’re meant to be doing. But that doesn’t explain why we so often give in to the temptation. We can learn about the evolution of tortoises after we’ve finished with our homework... so why don’t we? Idk.
5. How it’s taken me almost a thousand words to write absolutely nothing interesting or useful. No more needs to be said for this one does it? I did five points last time, so you know… here’s to consistency and… sticking to things long-term.
Dom's listening to: '4EVER!' by LANY

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