Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Milky Way Mentality (And Other Human Oddities)

These human traits first came to me years ago having nothing to do with Milky Ways, but that seemed the best analogy. Goes something like this: If one Milky Way is good, then two must be better which makes three best and that's why I'm going to eat four.

Small Example: Two ladies shopping for hubby's new fancy handkerchief.

"Oh look Mildred, this one's nice. I'll get it."

"Yes, I agree Fran. But get two."

"Two?"

"Oh yes, Fran, one for show, one for blow."

Fran looks pensive. "Well..."

"You know, Fran? Just get three. One for show, one for blow and one for you-never-know. Best be sure!"

The Milky Way Mentality means: If a little is good, a little more must be better and the whole lot must be best.

There's another one, The Trump in a Teapot. Very common. A guy has exactly what he needs - not alot, not a little, just what he needs to live. Pay rent, food. His "oldish" clothes still look just fine and he has friends he can trust. Wants for nothing more.

Then he wins a million bucks. First thing he does is look for a way to MAKE MORE!! He's got more but somehow feels he now needs to increase it, now that he HAS more. Yeah! More than more! He can't even imagine spending a million bucks so he surrounds himself with "people who know" what? Why? Yet the human impulse says, "Make it work for you, invest, diversify, expand, etc."

The Trump in a Teapot means: You may think you're happy with "just enough" but what you really want is more more more.

Here's another: Porcupine Promises. At some time you find a need to elicit a favor from a friend, let's say a promise to help you move in two weeks time. "No problem!" you get. Two weeks go by, you call your friend. He starts:

"Oh no, you mean to DAY??"

"Well, I did say in two weeks, and its...."

"You meant this COMING two weeks?? Oh no I thought you meant, well I didn't think you meant two weeks from that exact DAY now, I mean...O dear..."

"I was counting on you, pal."

"Yes, but something sticky has come up, very prickly situation here, I misunderstood what you meant, oh this is really a mess, I have so much to DO!" (Here comes the transfer of guilt): "What am I going to do NOW?? O no, this is awful...." making you feel somehow it's your fault.

The Procupine Promise means: Always made with "barbs" attached, surely meant well at the time, but get too close and they start shooting darts..

Here's a good one: The Narcissistic Navigator. This is the guy who steers his life-ship through those rough seas we all do, meeting other "sailors" in this great and glorious adventure we're on, but whose basic philosophy is: If I don't agree with it, it can't be right. Smug sob.

This one is crafty, they disguise their words in platitudes of "That's a good point" or "Oh yes, I can see how that could happen" or "maybe so, maybe so..." but inside, silently, and with unattractive smugness, they are convinced the only answers that count are the ones they've arrived at, however the method.

The Narcissistic Navigator means: He will never learn anything of import in life, as he believes he already knows it all. And should he pick up a bit of sound wisdom, he can't digest it because he's too full of himself.

Now we have The "I Paid For It Anyway" Shoplifter. I'm shamefully familiar with this thinking. This is an adult who'll polish off a bag of candy while shopping, or pop in a few grapes (which ends up being a dozen) or eat something from a package already opened, etc. When they look at the bill they feel perfectly justified having that can of salmon in each pocket (or a few Milky Ways) Anyway it's pretty much the same mode of thought: I really paid for his over and over with these high prices, so I don't feel bad.

The "I Paid For It Anyway" Shoplifter means: It's a feeling of entitlement, since we all pay now for things that used to cost half as much. We're told we're making more, it should even out. "Trickle down" theory was a deceitful sham we all fell for. This type makes it seem fair.

Aren't we humans wonderful? We find ways to deal with life's incongruities, judgments, unfair tactics, and all the general everyday mess we're forced to confront. It's heartening to see how diverse our choices are in dealing with this, the Great Experiment of Life!

15 comments:

treesrgreen78 said...

Just more credence to the statement "Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what u are going to get".  Guess the candy bars are the same, lol.  

firestormkids04 said...

Oh Cathy, I ,identify too closely with a couple of these . . . one is good, two better and more to be sure.  Especially this one.  Even though I'm 30 years from my last drink, I find myself putting 2 bottles of water and 2 diet sodas at my bedside even though I know I will not finish even one of them by morning. Blessings, Penny  http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/TimeforaLittlePoetry

malagutigrrl said...

As always, you're amazingly thought provoking! :)

frankandmary said...

I've met too many I've Paid for it Anyway types.  They always seem to feel greatly wronged by every one & thing.  They are charged too much for inferior products, they give superior service but are hopelessly under paid & under appreciated, & their sister has the better husband & got the bigger inheritence.
The first candy bar is always the best. ~Mary

attitudeslc said...

Hmmmm I think it would be fun to watch the Porcupine Promise Person and the The Narcissistic Navigator in a debate with each other over just about anything!  I think they would both walk away shaking their head like the Aflack Duck with Phil Rizzuto.

~Rosemary

seraphoflove9001 said...

Wow...now that made be think! :o) Loved it!
Lisa

rockoned7 said...

It is nice to see you back to your thought provoking best. I have had some experience with all those characteristics you mention; probably played a few parts myself in youth.

It is exactly how you conclude that says it all for me, in how we have to deal with all those daily diversities which confront us all in our overtly busy lives. Yet, it is those exact choices we rarely recognise in ourselves or think about, or stop and pay attention to in our daily dealings. We never really consider our next 24 hours in this life of ours. Yet maybe we should consider our plans for that day before we begin to live it.

We should consider divorcing ourselves from self pity, dishonesty or self-seeking motives so we are not burning up energy foolishly, as we did, when we were trying to arrange life more suited to ourselves.


luddie343 said...

Cathy 2 Rock:  So happy you're back.  LTP kept up in your stead, as the good soul she is.  Love to all!!  And very interesting comment, thank you.  

mutualaide said...

This was interesting Luddie!  I pray to God that I am not one of 'those', but if I have to be, I'd like it to be a 'pleasing' mix of all so that not one bad characteristic shows up too often!  LOL

jmorancoyle said...

    I think I've met those people. A few times over.
Jude
http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

aimer said...

I so enjoyed this post! How clever you are and you also hit on some pretty interesting truths about human nature. You also mention my favorite candy bar, Baby Ruth.--Sheria

ma24179 said...

Hey this was fun to read, but so true. Broken promises, the need for more... We are such imperfect people. - Missy

gazker said...

One for show and one for blow huh? Oh man, I could be sooooooooooooo rude!
Gaz ;-)

luddie343 said...

O Gaz, whatever do you mean?  lol I swear I didn't realize....

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