Change and Denial

Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days…Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.

William Faulkner – A Rose for Emily

In this scene, a flashback to the time when Emily’s father died. Several people tried to convince her, but she wouldn’t budge.

No, Santa exists, Bigfoot is real, aliens live amongst us, Lochness is real. LALALALALALA I’M NOT LISTENING *plugs ears*

NOT. Or maybe. Not too sure.

It’s denial! So hard for some of us to cope with some things. I’m not addicted, I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not a/an *holic.

One of the actions people do that we hate but still do. We hate because we can never get a straight answer but we still do and love to do because we like to give some people a hard time gettng what they want or simply just can’t admit. Then we get to the point of when we simply can’t hold the mask on any longer, break down and cry. It hurts. No physicalities involved but still hurts. Probably even worse than that slap made by someone.


Old Man Warner snorted, “Pack of crazy fools,” he said. “Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while.

Shirley Jackson – The Lottery

A regular affair of a lottery taking place. A lottery of a now-forgotten origin. A lottery about to begin. Everone in town gathered in order to participate in this special affair. Implied in here that the lucky drawer gets stoned to death. Such luck indeed.

Guess this one’s obvious. It’s change! Like how I switched over from Windows to Linux (distro Kubuntu). Wasn’t easy but very rewarding. Got a new desktop look too. (Hint: use WINE)

But let’s make this clear: I’m not going to talk about change and people not accepting it. I’m going to talk about how people react to new things.

Say you have a new invention or contraption that you’re trying to sell. It looks weird according to that day’s standards and has not seen a practical use for it yet. Fast forward to present time, it’s everywhere. So everywhere that no one realizes that people used to laugh at it for being so unwieldy, stupid or impractical. People are like that. Most of us are like that. Averse to change. It’s already working, why? Thing is, yes, it’s working but there might be a better, more efficient way to things.

In short, we’re all afraid of change. It’s inevitable, it happens and probably one day, even one of the universe’s constants may change and screw all scientific calculations from that moment on.

Okay, I take it back. There was change in the paragraph. Oh well.


“Nothing I had is truly mine”
Dido – Life for Rent

Carefully twist your words.

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