Ted (merovingian) wrote,
Ted
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One Post Before A Robot Villanelle

I scowled at the television and said, "You know why I'm angry? All In The Family. It was so beautiful, because it provided a frank and open portrayal of bigotry. The bigotry wasn't justified, but the bigots were presented as warm, basically-good people who behaved in terrible ways because they were threatened and misguided. I gues mostly Archie Bunker. The Jeffersons, also, offered a fairly complex discussion of race. Today, these shows would never make it onto the air. They would alienate people. I blame you, television!"

My television replied, its tone cool and serene, like the ripples of cherry blossoms landing on a clear still pond, "The Eurocentrism of my media means I am not well informed, but perhaps this will soothe you. There's a Chinese restaurant in New Orleans called Five Happiness. It means the happiness of having all five of your senses. That's all. Being in bliss because you have your five senses. Feel joy for the splendid things you normally ignore."

"But doesn't that mean that if I go blind, or deaf, or just have a cold, I'll experience Four Misery instead?"

The television though about that, and, in time, replied, "I don't think you would have to do that. Just pick different senses to be happy about."

I am happy for my sense of...

sight
12(16.7%)
fashion
8(11.1%)
dramatic pacing
22(30.6%)
impending doom
30(41.7%)

I am happy for my sense of...

hearing
9(12.5%)
humor
27(37.5%)
futility
16(22.2%)
ESP
20(27.8%)

I am happy for my sense of...

I am happy for my sense of...

smell
5(6.9%)
irony
23(31.9%)
balance
12(16.7%)
moral outrage
13(18.1%)
refusal to participate in cheap feelgood exercises
19(26.4%)

I am happy for my sense of...

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