Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It’s possible that the most mundane and monotonous experiences in western life is trips to the local grocery store. Most people know the long aisles and tall shelves by instinct and could maneuver through the store with their eyes closed. It’s very rare that a person might be more observant and analyze their surroundings as if they are having a brand new experience. In order to sharpen my senses I’ve decided to become one of the very few people to pedantically scrutinize their whereabouts to notice subtle details that most people are unconscious of at their grocer. I started reading Carl Jung (such an amazing and intelligent man) and so far he has had this kind of influence on me. I'll post more on him soon.

21 comments:

  1. Quite interesting. Scrutinizing or (in my opinion) even just taking the time to recognize your surroundings can put you in a different mode of thought. As a side effect, I also usually feel quite calm. Good luck with the experiment.

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  2. Heh. Trust me when I say that you will see some interesting things. It's always fascinating what you will see in the store. A lot of people act almost like zombies. I've always been a fan of playfully keeping them on their toes to snap them out of it. Flip something upside down, build a small tower out of cans, etc. (Make sure to be nice and put everything back where you got it).

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  3. an interesting way to view and approach life

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  4. i try it too! you learn a lot off yourself this way.
    'Do i do that too? hmm it's anoying' so i dont do that anymore (standing real close to the next person so nobody can get in)

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  5. I've always wanted to be one of those people who was acutely aware of his surroundings, but often times, I'm too busy thinking about other things, or looking at women. :/

    Still, though, it's a good thing to strive for.

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  6. oh I am glad for you, you found carl jung,
    I hope he leads you to sone great posting

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  7. Seems like a rewarding exercise. I'm going to research it a bit. There are pros and cons to establishing rote understanding. You are taking the path of the assassin, always on the lookout, always aware.

    Excellent.

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  8. I always get tooo distracted but I really want to work on being able to do something like this..

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  9. The grocery store is one place where I actually DO pay attention. I'm always happy to look for new foods to try and good deals to find on the usuals.

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  10. Oh yes, trips to the grocery store are the worst. The conversations people try to have with you are dreadful - especially the small talk the cashier struggles with.

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  11. Bread 3 rows on the left, milk 2 to the right, newspaper just ahead. Job done :(

    Nothing interesting in my trip to the shops

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  12. That's why i don't go outside ... brrr ... " people "

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  13. hey i like going to the grocery store

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  14. look within urself and then u will be king

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  15. I have not been to the grocery store in like 10 years. I almost had a stroke when I saw the price of everything.

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  16. excellent stuff, enjoyed the read.

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  17. As a Jung myself, I'll say Carl Jung is a fine Jung.

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  18. I like going grocery shopping. I usually switch it up between a few different stores to keep things interesting. I also check out different aisles to find new foods. Plus, there's usually a few hot girls shopping, which is always nice...

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