People love to communicate. We express ourselves to our surroundings in words and gestures, and we expect others to reciprocate. This is because humans evolved in small tribes where sharing data and making oneself known with everyone was crucial for survival. If you didn’t smile and grunt to Og, he might have taken you for an enemy.
Consequently, we’re so hard-wired to exchange information that we’ve long extended ourselves beyond other animals and onto animating dead matter. We love to develop gadgets that talk to us and ask us questions. It makes them seem that much more human and friendly.
Modern technology is only the tip of the iceberg, though. We will talk to any object as if it has a will of its own and yearns to declare itself. We swear at botched mascara because it gave us panda eye. We spit utter profanities at our mobile phone for dying on us.
Attibuting humanness to objects transcends easily to the metaphysical realm. If objects do things to us, then they can surely alter us, much like we can transform a laptop by smashing it to pieces.
It’s not a difficult concept to grasp. How many times have you yelled at a bikini because it made your ass look fat?
Marketeers have known this forever. Most, if not all, products are sold by virtue of attributing highly desirable human dimensions and qualities to inanimate objects.
This works both ways. If your ass looks fat, it’s not really that your ass is fat. It’s the bikini. Solution: buy a bikini that turns you into a tight and toned goddess on the beach.
Objects aren’t the only ones to do the talking. We communicate through our actions, too, and we believe our actions have the power to talk back and change us.
Try it for yourself. Sit on your glutes all day and it’ll turn you into a fat slob. Do yoga five days a week and morph into a centred and ethereal being. Lift weights and you’ll turn into a man.
If only our actions would make us. Unfortunately it’s the other way around. Our actions are born and defined within.
Hence, there’s something odious about the onmarch of physical culture as an end to itself. It has convinced us we can achieve bliss through what we do. That’s provided we manage to stretch uncomfortably long enough in a heated room full of people in their goddess bikinis that have been purchased specifically for that moment.
Yet the best things in life aren’t things, or actions. It is ourselves where our desirable human qualities live. We acquire them by talking to ourselves, from within. We’re goddesses, and it reflects off us onto our surroundings.
That should take away the power of the bikini, although it would certainly help Og smile back at us.
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