Monday, 4 June 2012

Temporary but permanent

I quite like the impression of certain events or situations, normally expected to be short-term, going on to become the normal state of affairs. For instance, in Douglas Adams' Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, the editor-in-chief of the HHGG organisation went missing while out to lunch one day. Because taking long lunches was the culture at that organisation, he is still on the books years later as the official editor-in-chief, perpetually out to lunch. Others who do the job are technically known as the "acting editor-in-chief", just until the real guy gets back to put in a solid afternoon's work.

Or on the TV show Castle, Rick and his daughter have, technically, been playing one continuous game of laser tag from when she was 5 until she goes to college, comprising a long, slow race to 1000 points. It just has this really nice flavour of subtle contradiction. Permanent temporariness. Like bureaucratic self-blindness in full swing.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - I guess it would be less fun if that described your work situation.
PPS - Then you'd be forever waiting for the axe to fall.

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