inexplicability (9/June/18)

it’s inexplicable…
it’s the kind of thing the word inexplicable was invented for, the kind of thing within which the essence of the inexplicable is inherent without which such a word wouldn’t even have a reason to exist, come to mind nor burrow so ingrained into everyday discourse…… it comes at night, this inexplicability, and anytime really especially when one alone… its inexplicable nature makes it difficult if not almost impossible to, well, explain, to describe or convey in any meaningful way what it precisely or even imprecisely, is… I’m being vague I know but then again that’s the power of inexplicability… it’s acute and obtuse, tangible to feel yet intangible to touch, a flibbertigibbet, a flibbertiphantom, a flibbertiflippant, defying all attempts to pin it down, rein it in, hold it up to the light… one might even say it’s inexplicable inscrutable… it shifts, jerks, is motile in evading all attempts to refine, hone, ply it into words until its drunk on syntax but no, it won’t indulge in big reveals…. jumping like old movie, silent of course, it carries itself like a breath of air, and not necessarily fresh, lingering in a state of flux until it may or may not, inexplicably nonetheless decays… or does it?… or in a permanent state of collapse, a slow implode, or explode, a half-life of forever… under the skin, over the shoulder, underfoot, in a blink, as quiet as a dead mouse, choosing its moments to flare, recur, incite, bemuse baffle and discombobulate… always unbidden, often unhelpful, sometimes unwelcome but not always so but something so inexplicable how can one be sure of the either or………

© 2018 robert greig

big fish/ little fish (16/Jan/18)

it’s simple laws of physics… when something gets too big it becomes unstable at either collapses in on itself or pops… as so many big businesses, corporations, greed-mongers, mangy money-monsters have found to their detriment…… or more often than not to the detriment of those at the bottom who without fail get crushed in the aftermath……

and it keeps happening, there’s nothing new here with yet another over-bloated business, this time being a construction firm, going out of business having found its mass too big for its boots… and why?… because like all the other that went before and all those currently well on the way to the same fate, it’s only ever a matter of time, they have swallowed up smaller business concern after smaller business concern, some of whom were competitors and what better way to deal with one than to eat them alive through aggressive takeovers…… consequently they grew… and grew… and grew… getting bigger, lumpier, blobbier, more incongruous to the point of…. pop!…… imagine how you feel after over-eating, stuffing more and more inside even though there’s already no more room at the inn….

these companies are almost anorexic…. stuffing themselves stupid only to spew it all out again, in this case the jobs of those in the smaller businesses they’ve bought and then dismantled piece by piece, worker by worker… and then they do it again… and again… and again… until their body can’t handle it anymore and one by one systems irrevocably shut down until there’s nothing left but skin and bones…

it’s nothing new, nothing no one doesn’t already know and yet… it keeps happening… bigger fish are allowed and even encouraged and enabled to eat smaller fish under a fundamentally flawed and convenient misinterpretation of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory… basically ‘strong kills weak and goes on to rule the world’ is far from what it means……

simple laws of physics… play Jenga and see for yourself…… there’s only so big a business of a particular type can be before it implodes, begins to eat itself alive and each business only needs to be as big, or indeed as small, as it need to be to remain (to use that well-worn cliché) fit for purpose, for its raison d’etre…. gluttony is probably one of the seven deadly sins for a reason……

© 2018 robert greig