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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:37 pm 
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I noticed a peculiar thing, ampng many in the human psyche, that people want something, and when they get it, it loses value in their hearts. Like things and ideas and people lose their appreciation over time. Sometimes in a very short period of time. Like the power of the anticipation was the only thing holding it dear to their hearts. Not all people are like this, but some people are; towards certain things. Like, someone might say, "I'd do anything to have a job, and be happy with it." (I've heard it said many times!) And then, once they do get a job, usually within two days they are already complaining about work, or getting up for work. Or how about when someones courting another, and does so ardently and full of passion... But after they hook-up, they flame dies down and some even begin to resent. There are many situations, myself included, where I've seen this phenomena in action.

Is this some innate ability born into us? Or is it that the things we thought we wanted, really weren't right for us? Or what???

I have my own ideas on the matter, but I'd like some input.

Thoughts please...


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Perhaps they just weren't right for us, afterall. What keeps people interested is the chase and the thrill. When the mystery is over, what's left?

When a person works hard for something, they appreciate it more; and that appreciation lasts when that something is complementary to our true nature.

E.g., a husband and wife.

I guess that goes to show what we really need and what we don't.


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Well, Tbird, you have pretty much described the human condition. What's interesting is that people don't even realize that they do this. I do it. Everyone does it in some manner or the other.

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We all are of a greedy race... we want better then what we have... latest car / clothes / fine dining / love / job / etc.... we always want better no matter how and in turn forget what we have nor look at the people who do not have what we have....
We humans can never be satisfied....

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ishrat wrote:
We all are of a greedy race... we want better then what we have... latest car / clothes / fine dining / love / job / etc.... we always want better no matter how and in turn forget what we have nor look at the people who do not have what we have....
We humans can never be satisfied....


Well, Ish, in this respect I am not greedy. I have no car. All of my clothes are either old or purchased at a remarkable bargain. I"m an artist, so my job is what it is. I realize that 'love' is an abstract concept and I'm content with what I have.

Now fine dining... there is an area which has no bounds. Not that I'm not perfectly content with what I am currently eating, but fine dining is quite the experience... and one which I can no longer afford. But living a lazy life more than makes up for that.

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Aye M'dear, 'tis true. One reaches a point where satisfaction is easy as needs are less materialistic. Personally, my only great need just now is to finish my wee building project. Mind you I'm enjoying the doing enough that, in some ways, I shall be sorry to finish.

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Ah, the joy of appreciaiting being alive and realizing how shallow and unrewarding materialistic aspects of life are. When I was in my thirties, I feared getting older, only to find that life just improves with each passing year. I have a few more weeds to pull from the garden and I shall miss doing that when all of the weeds have been pulled.

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Here's to the crab grass
long may it grow
in an English country garden

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:20 am 
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Allan Sherman:
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Here's to the crabgrass,
Here's to the mortgage,
In fact, here's to Suburbia.

Lay down your briefcase,
Far from the rat race,
Where nothing can disturb ya.

Uncomplicated,
It's what we waited
For so long in this city.

Come let us go there,
Live like Thoreau there,
A life of sweet simplicity.

Did you set the thermostat?
No, I don't know where it's at.
Tuesday the Cub Scouts meet again.

Walk the dog and cut the grass,
Take the kids to dancing class,
Jim's Little League got beat again.

Can't keep a maid here,
No matter what they're paid here,
The place has bad publicity.

Why did we move here?
Don't you remember?
To live in sweet simplicity.

Here's to mosquitos,
Clam dip and Fritos,
To golf and bridge and scuba there.

Men wearing knee pants,
Women in Capri pants,
Discussing what's with Cuba there.

Each big appliance
Treats you with defiance,
Until it finally falls apart.

Call the repairman,
In a week he's there, man,
To knock your kitchen walls apart.

Tommy's got a bloody nose,
Gotta fix the garden hose.
Book Of The Month Club came today.

Didn't read the last one yet.
Yes you did, but you forget.
Oh well, they're all the same today.

Here's Mrs. Ritter,
She's the baby sitter.
Tonight we're going joyously

Back to the city,
Where life is gay and witty,
Back to the noise there,
That everyone enjoys there.
Back to the crush there,
Hurry let us rush there,
Back to the rat race,
Don't forget your briefcase,
Back in the groove there,
Say why don't we move there.
Away from all of this

Sweet simplicity.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:30 am 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzPKU4hYTyQ

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Ah, yes. Lovely.


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Tommy GS wrote:
Ah, yes. Lovely.


Aye, yes it is indeed lovely... :P

Glad ya liked it.

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Not that this has anything to do with what we're discussing here, but I'm pretty sure you'll appreciate this Tommy.

Music from a Tree:

http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Music-from-a-Tree/263872

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Wow, very cool. I didn't even know that was possible - how'd he think of that, I wonder.


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Tommy GS wrote:
Wow, very cool. I didn't even know that was possible - how'd he think of that, I wonder.


He's a top-notch musician. The beat/rhythm was cool.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sUe28J921U

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