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May 19, 2015

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Ulysses

That story reminds me of the episode of "Frasier" (called "Door Jam") where, quite by accident, Frasier and Niles discover Frasier's neighbour and arch-nemesis is a member of an exclusive club. They manage to blag their way in pretending to be the neighbour and discover a paradise of back-rubs and spa treatments, and are rapt with ecstasy until they observe a door behind which lurks an even higher echelon of satisfaction. Their moods change to one of anxiety as they grow determined to enjoy the maximum the club has to offer. They manage to sneak in, only to find yet another door - and so it continues, each time another locked door (named after an even more precious element than the one before) until they come to the final door. As before, they are told they mustn't try to open the door by the staff. Of course, this is like waving a red rag at a bull, and they once more attempt to sneak through, only to find themselves in a back-alley outside the building, where they are promptly attacked by bees.

It's a great episode but i've never really thought about it much until seeing your video. The lesson might well be that if you keep on pushing, if you get too greedy, you end up with nothing. The problem with society is that it is awash with mixed messages. Your video points out the futility of yearning for something more. Watch any motivational video though and you'll be told to "never surrender" and to "stay hungry" and to "keep moving forward" (some movie references in there). What is a man to do? Stagnation is slow death, yet desire only brings us grief.

The answer? Choose your battles wisely. Don't chase the white elephants - try to be more like the ones in the forest.

herculodge

Good words, Ulysses. I never saw Cheers but the episode sounds like a must-see.

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