Legging it in the arms race

Recently I've been forced to reflect on the idea of one-upmanship. It's been part of my external world -- during the Super Bowl today, Gillette revealed a solution to a problem that doesn't exist -- FIVE BLADES on a razor! I mean, seriously. I realize the value of a close shave, but do you have to take a layer of epidermis with it?

I want to invent a new product called Occam's Razor, and in the true spirit of William of Occam, plainly state as he did...that "one should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything." In other words, ONE BLADE IS QUITE SUFFICIENT!!

A lot of people got paid to create this ridiculous product, I'm just saying...

Back to my original thread of the "arms race" going on around me -- I came to an understanding that my lack of updating this website recently was fostered by my own internal struggle with one-upmanship. I have been focusing so much on following up a solid post with something equally powerful that it shut me down. Call it a case of writer's block, but I psyched myself out by thinking every piece of writing on here had to be (what I considered) top-notch.

It's difficult to maintain a creative streak because for me, it comes and goes. Prolific one week, a dearth the next. I think I'm at a point now where I can recognize that and not force something that isn't there at the moment or try to make everything perfection. Things don't work out that way.

So, instead of concocting my equivalent of the five-blade razor, I will continue forward, like a single blade, doing what I can with what I have.

5 comments:

Allie D. said...

I'm just happy to read whatever you write. :)

And yes, 5 blades- might be helpful. That is, if someone is perhaps interested emptying their carotid artery. lol

Army said...

Well, it's nice to know I have a fan without any lofty expectations! Then again, who isn't their own harshest critic?

And yes, I think the main benefit of the 5-blade is you can brandish it as a weapon. Move aside, brass knuckles!

Beth said...

Funny you should mention the 5 blades. My sister actually called me to tell me about that commericial because we always said how 4 blades seemed excessive. At least there are others out there who feel the same way!

Army said...

Preach on, Beth! You and Ashley must spread the word and help the children!

And thanks for leaving comments on my site. I can't say much for your deadbeat husband...

LOL

Robert said...

Those blade replacements aren't cheap. If a person hates their body hair that much they should save their money for permanent lazer hair-removal. Or is the act of shaving a familiar comfort?