never honey today

detail from painting my mastermistery --- See what you look atThe process by which a child becomes an adult involves the acquisition of skills that facilitate integration within society and culture.

The ability to defer gratification is a good example. To accept pain in the present for gain in the future is what helps make us obedient little worker-bees.

We do as they're told and don't complain about anything -- eg the lack of honey -- mainly because there's no time to do anything other than to be good little worker-bees.

Another reason why we don't complain is that tomorrow never comes (nor does the honey) so our expectations are never unfulfilled. Also, we don't complain because we accept what we've been told: that the honey is for the Queen and her courtiers, not for the average drone.

But there's a problem: successful acquisition of the skills to defer gratification is itself a source of gratification. And to defer that particular gratification would mean stopping all efforts to acquire the skills to defer gratification. So deferred gratification is inherently self-defeating.

So let's all go and get drunk and/or stoned right now, this very instant without further ado. Preferably stoned.

The title, "never honey today" is derived from Lewis Carroll's 1871 book "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There".

Revised version of previously published post.


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The Real Cie said...

This is so my situation, so what I'm feeling right now.
Don't laugh too much, but the green face reminds me of an episode of one of my favorite cartoons, The Real Ghostbusters, in which a depressed fellow plays a flute that will bring about the Apocalypse. Sadly, I have always resonated with what that miserable fellow was feeling.

masterymistery said...

Hi Cie, the green face absolutely corresponds to the fellow you're talking about, in fact he is also determined to bring on the apocalypse, one way or another. If you click on the green face, you get a picture of the apocalypse, well, kinda. Thanks for your comments, MM

mgeorge said...

Do we cry at the realisation that we are in a madhouse...

... or do we laugh?

masterymistery said...

mgeorge, I think we laugh just to keep from crying. And if that is suggestive of cognitive dissonance, we should remember that the lunatics are in charge of the asylum. Thanks for your comments, and the links. Cheers, MM

Unknown said...

I often laugh to keep from crying. The Universe is absurd.
The Madhouse and I wanted to nominate you for a Liebster award. Come and get it, if you like!

masterymistery said...

Blooming Psycho, thanks for your comments. I'm delighted to be nominated for a Liebster award: thanks very much. I'll take care of the nomination requirements in due course. Right now, gotta get ready for that dreadful "w-word": work. Yes, I finally managed to land a one-month contract: It's been a huge shock to the system! Cheers, MM