Monday, January 18, 2010

Pondering Wonders

I've been in this thought-loop for quite a while where I muse about the essential nature of human kind. What/who are we deeply, under the shiny veneer of social constructs and technology? Who are we as a species? I get in this examining mode and get cynical and Luddite and generally somewhat freaked out about the state of homo sapiens sapiens.

In the midst of one of these "What is human?" obsessions, I make little lists of reasons to enjoy being an earthiling grooving in the digital age. Following is an incomplete, impromptu list.

Things That Make It Worth The Weirdness of Being A First-World Human Today:
  • Hot running water- more specifically, the bath
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Emergency Oral Contraceptives:) You'd think a Modern Human could read an effing calender, but awareness of monthly body goings-on is not my strong suit.
  • Coca-Cola. Such delicious, guilty goodness.
  • Text messaging, Twitter, etc.
  • Hair clippers
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Clonazepam
  • Netflix
  • Digital Watches*
  • LOST
  • Etsy
  • Corrective surgery allowing a pinch/grip hand and functional equipment for intercourse/baby-birthing.
  • Tattoo machines. I have a good pain threshold but if my tattoos had to be all Maori-like with the hammery hardcoreness... um, no.
  • Heating pads
  • the mp3
  • Benadryl
  • Electric can-openers
* Not really. I prefer gears & hands & stuff, but the list reminded me of Douglas Adams' description of humanity as mightily impressed with them.

Anyone have any favorites to add?


  1. Electric appliances (especially ovens and mixers) cause I could never make cupcakes over an open fire.

    Washers and dryers... If I had to do my laundry the old way we'd be screwed.

  2. Meat in plastic wrappers, because I love bacon but am the ultimate hypocrite in being all bleeding-heart-liberal about killing animals.