Complications at the RWJ this week, combined with the annual tax season, have started me thinking about questions of the almighty buck.  Carl Spackler seemed to have it all figured out, thanks to the Lama and all, but you have to wonder if, f’rinstance, Ric Flair ever regrets his career path or Samuel L. Jackson wants to stop and smell the roses…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced “misquoted”) for the day is this:  Assuming you couldn’t have both, would you rather be handsomely compensated or achieve total consciousness?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. April 18, 2012 at 11:49 am — Reply

    I’m always confused by the phrase “total consciousness”, but then maybe that’s the point. Maybe that’s a sign I need it.

    I’d probably pick it over money, because too much income makes me feel guilty.

    Don’t get me wrong: I’d like to make more money. (“We all do.” – Sally Struthers.)

    But I don’t like for the $, so, I’ll go with that consciousness thing…man.


  2. April 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm — Reply

    Total consciousness. Financial compensation comes with a bunch of challenges and headaches. Can I maintain that cash flow? Is my benefactor, wife, or partner going to split with my dough? Why is this mugger stealing my new watch? You know…Mo’ money, mo’ problems.

    The nirvana of the Buddhists and Hindus or the Slack of the Subgenius allows for you to be happy doing virtually anything. The loss of ego, total awareness of all around you and the idea of ‘no time, no-thing’ removes concerns of daily life, receipts and expenditures, etc. You do your thing whatever it is, and you have no concerns about whether it is good enough, smart enough or if (gosh darn it) people like you.

    Also, since I work in the ‘off camera’ realm of the television industry, the idea of total consciousness is far more realistic than handsome compensation.

  3. Drew
    April 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    Forget the Dalai Lama, I’ll take the cash.

    Total consciousness doesn’t come with a Porche…

    • April 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm — Reply

      So the blonde says, “By the way, that’s not a porch… It’s a Maserati!”

  4. Raistlin Majere
    April 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    While something can be food for thought…thought certainly isn’t food. I’ll take the money ;P

  5. April 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    Even while I had have total consciousness going for me, that doesn’t pay back student loans. Money is what I want.

  6. Rome
    April 19, 2012 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I think I too would take the money and run.

    While I have worked hard to educate myself, I don’t know if this old head could handle total enlightenment.

    I image I would be like one of the many driven insane by the recognition of my total insignificance in the grand scheme of life, the universe and everything. Alas, I am no Zaphod Beeblebrox.

    So pay up.

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