If there’s a language term that really annoys me, it’s the ‘closure’ expression. People cannot seem to adequately deal with something unless it leads to some sort of ‘closure’.
What the heck is closure? And why do we have to have it after every situation that affects us…..or should I say after every situation that ‘impacts’ us….as the word ‘impact’ seems to have overtaken the simpler word, ‘affect’.
Then we have all these ‘issues’; everything ends up an issue.
So, here I have found – not a reason for this aberration of the language of need – but at least an agreement.
In Don Watson’s small book, ‘On Indignation’, he sums it up beautifully – as seen in the page reproduced here. He attributes all these ‘issues’ and ‘closures’ and ‘moving ons’ (and here I would include, the ‘going forwards’) as ‘fetishist difficulty’.
And, yes, it seems as if we have made – and do make – a fetish out of everything we come across in our daily lives.
His reference to the grandfather’s shovel handle is aimed at the theory that we have all these issues and, indeed, fetishes, because life is no longer simple.
Is this the case?
And do we simply NOT wish life to be simple any more?
Would we rather have issues that impact us and for which we have to seek closure, before we are able to move on? (going forward).
Give me a broken shovel handle any day.
(Mind you, I would have no idea how to fix it, which may create and issue!)
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