EB: Giving ’em the business!

Brain dumps from the original Bonehead.

Truth Serum.

Ok – so last night I’m watching a Seinfeld rerun where George is dating this girl with a big nose.  Of course whenever anything bugs one of the main characters on the show it gets exaggerated greatly; which, when you think about it, is pretty much true-to-life.  Most of the time anything that bothers anybody isn’t nearly as big of a deal to onlookers.

So as the show is going on I could swear this girl’s nose is getting bigger!  And they keep doing these microscope close-ups to really dramatize the point.  So anyway, while Jerry, George, and Elaine are being all polite and what not, Kramer walks in and just goes off.  He vocalized what the other characters were thinking and what the viewers were manipulated into thinking… 

Cripes!!  That’s a big fuckin’ nose!

She’s eventually talked into getting a nose job.  The job gets botched and she ends up looking so horrid that the cameras won’t show her face, just the wretched expressions as each other character faces her.  Once again everyone is being courteous of her feelings until Kramer happens by and flatly tells her “You got butchered!”

The show ends with her getting a well done nose job and feeling good about it and ultimately dating Kramer instead of George.  But this is all fiction.  In real life a great majority of people won’t say what they really think; especially if it puts someone else’s feelings at risk.  We even have a word for it: tact.  It’s a whole skill about not stomping on peoples feelings but not necessarily being full of shit either.  What Kramer did was overwhelmingly honest, but tactless.  Tactless is bad, right? 

Right?

My home has changed quite a bit since I moved in.  Once upon a time if you said something hurtful you were a jerk and if you did something to hurt yourself you were a dumbass.  Now if you say something hurtful you’ve got issues and if I allow you to do something stupid and hurt yourself we’re maladjusted; and in each case we’ll all wind up in therapy. 

Ain’t it grand?

-E

September 14, 2005 - Posted by | Random Ramblings

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