Wednesday, February 23, 2005

reciprocation

reciprocation
n 1: the act of making and return or doing something in return 2: alternating back-and-forth movement 3: mutual interaction; the activity of interchanging or reciprocating [syn: interchange, give-and-take]

isn't reciprocation built into the human condition? we can't do anything without depending on someone else to give us feedback. do you understand? we can give voice to our thoughts, but we're never sure the words are right until someone says them back to us in a slightly different way. aha! they *did* understand. how easy is it to write something that causes a misunderstanding and you then say you were 'misinterpreted'? in fact, what you wrote wasn't really misinterpreted..it was simply interpreted.

reciprocation is so essential that people get really annoyed when reciprocation is not provided. mean people know this and hold back reciprocation as a way to assert their superiority. i get annoyed when people don't use their blinker when turning. they see that i'm waiting for some indication of what they're going to do next, but they don't reciprocate by turning on their blinker. so i wait, but ponder the reciprocation of my bumber into their sidepanel. hmm...

young kids have become so self-centered that they sometimes don't even reciprocate a direct question with a direct answer. how annoying. maybe their parents never reciprocated thier need for attention and affection...who knows. but one day they will realize, as a wise older friend once advised me, everyone needs help in this world..you don't get anywhere or do anything totally on your own.

vegetables get no respect

why is it people get so upset about fur coats? they weep over the slaughter of furry vermin, but have no problem skinning a noble Holstein for its leather coat and a bag of quarter-pounders. these same people will not hesitate to decapitate thousands of acres of puffy cotton balls just to keep a supply of fresh BVDs and embroidered towels at hand. why is it okay to skin a carrot? or a radish? it's not like they weren't alive at some point. the only vegetables that get any fair treatment are the mutants...those 500 pound water melons and squashes the size of a VW...and the ones that happen to have some markings that make them look like human faces. if you can spot two eyes and a mouth then all the sudden that potato is cute and cuddly and you want to keep it around a little longer...right?