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Published on March 1, 2009

Author: powerpointrevanchist

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‘Donuts’ : Or, ‘Shopping and Schopenhauer’ ‘Donuts’ I WAS AT the mall the other day — not to indulge in conspicuous consumption (I’m too fucking poor for that) — to get some shit for the house … : I WAS AT the mall the other day — not to indulge in conspicuous consumption (I’m too fucking poor for that) — to get some shit for the house … … such as this scrubbing brush: : … such as this scrubbing brush: Fig. 1: Copra scrubbing brush Copra scrubbing brushes: an environmentally-friendly product of colonialism pro con Yep, life’s a barrel of laughs for homo domesticus. On the escalator on the way out, a girl — about 3 years old — said, in English, with the incantatory vigour only a child (or a priest trying to suppress furious sexual urges) can display: ‘I want a donut.’ : Yep, life’s a barrel of laughs for homo domesticus. On the escalator on the way out, a girl — about 3 years old — said, in English, with the incantatory vigour only a child (or a priest trying to suppress furious sexual urges) can display: ‘I want a donut.’ She addressed her Mother — but also, perhaps, the world. Her Mother ignored her, staring frontwards. The girl looked up at her oppressor. ‘I want a donut. [Pause] I want a donut. [Longer pause] I want a donut.’ Then, crushed, she gave up. I felt like consoling her thus: : She addressed her Mother — but also, perhaps, the world. Her Mother ignored her, staring frontwards. The girl looked up at her oppressor. ‘I want a donut. [Pause] I want a donut. [Longer pause] I want a donut.’ Then, crushed, she gave up. I felt like consoling her thus: ‘Cheer up, little one. I want a donut too. See this feculent swarm of people? Every person here probably harbours a desire to have a blow-out on donuts: even your mother, despite her cruel indifference. Therein lies the tragedy of life: we cannot have our donuts. : ‘Cheer up, little one. I want a donut too. See this feculent swarm of people? Every person here probably harbours a desire to have a blow-out on donuts: even your mother, despite her cruel indifference. Therein lies the tragedy of life: we cannot have our donuts. And if, through some unaccountable fluke, we find ourselves holding that vaunted pastry, the moment we eat it we will turn diabetic, and begin an expedited journey to the cold earth via amputation, blindness, and renal failure. Are you familiar with Schopenhauer?’ : And if, through some unaccountable fluke, we find ourselves holding that vaunted pastry, the moment we eat it we will turn diabetic, and begin an expedited journey to the cold earth via amputation, blindness, and renal failure. Are you familiar with Schopenhauer?’ FINIS : FINIS

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