July 01, 2011

ego master

What do people actually think when they hold a tooth pick in their mouth? Do they really think they look cool? Well, they obviously don't. They just look stupid. And it is funny that nobody has told them this bitter fact.

Actually, if you look around, you will see people doing things which they desperately hope that will make a cool impression. You can even say that this is one of the basic instincts the world spins around. Everybody wants to impress everybody, and everybody has a different way to do it. Some of these methods work, some of them don't work, and some of them cause just the opposite of the desired effect.

Like the family breakfast we had about a month ago. One of my nephews said he was finally allowed to plug his computer because the school season was over. At this point, I agree with his parents: a pc may be nothing but a distraction when it comes to studying. And making a research for the homework might be nothing but a bullshit excuse to spend some time in front of the pc. But this is not what I'm going to talk about.

The kid told me that his keyboard and his mouse didn't work after months of not using it, so they had to buy a new set. Then he kept his story, which was about a computer game. And at that point, his father intervened and told his son to tell what kind of a keyboard and mouse they bought: wireless. Wow, cool. I mean, is it really? Come on, why would anyone would give a shit about the wireless keyboard you bought? And is this even something you can brag about? You can go to any market and buy the thing. What is the big deal? I mean, I can understand if the 14 year old boy told it himself, but even he knew that this was not something you can make a cool impression with.  People on the table were kind enough to say "Oh, cool!" not letting the guy how he made a fool of himself. But this was what he did, while in fact he thought he made a very cool impression. Oh, crap.

I see people on the bus, on the road, in the office, and practically everywhere trying to impress other people. It is really funny, and for most of the time it really doesn't work.

And me? Of couse I am not immune to this very basic human istinct. Just like anybody else, I would like to see people are impressed by me. And I think I have my own unique method which works pretty well. The trick is: never ever try to impress people. Don't push things. If you think your wireless keyboard is something you can impress people, just wait until they visit you and see it themselves. If there is anyway that stuff is going to impress anyone, this is it. And for those strangers who most people desparately try to impress even though they will probably never ever going to see them again, I don't know why they even bother.


Ayak said...

I couldn't comment on yours and a few other blogs yesterday, but found I could this morning so I'm trying again. (I sent you a message about this whic you can ignore of course if this comment actually works!)

My husband often has a toothpick hanging out of his mouth but I know he isn't doing it to impress...it's a habit and I think most of the time he doesn't even realise he's doing it!

jedilost said...

i didn't receive the message Ayak, where did you send it?

so obviously, not everybody does the toothpick trick to impress others. i will remember this the next time i see someone like that. :))

Ayak said...

I clicked on the "Send message" on your profile. Doesn't matter now though because I seem to be able to post comments after all!

Ayak said...

Still having problems with commenting so am just testing this with Firefox instead of IE which I usually use to see if it will work. Hope you don't mind me testing it out on your blog?

Ayak said...

Yippee!!! It must be an IE problem I think.
Jedilost...sorry to use your blog to test this out...please feel free to delete my comments and thanks xxx

jedilost said...

no problem at all.

well, i dont like deleting comments unless they are malicious. no matter what comment you write, i consider it as a part of the process.

and im glad you solved the problem.

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