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Cubicle Zen

Posted: June 22, 2005 at 7:49 pm in misc, people

A little while ago, a friend of mine was complaining over IM about their stupid coworkers. In a moment of levity, I replied “Welcome to the world, young grasshopper. You must bend with the stupidity as the reeds bend with the wind. Stupidity is an unstoppable force – it can only be diverted, not ignored or blocked.”

I was pretty amused by myself, and think that there’s plenty of opportunity here for a Dilbert-like book on Cubicle Zen, the art of applying Zen to the pointless life of cubicle existence, with lessons on the path towards pure Zen unthinkingness being eased by the cubicle environment, etc. Over the next few days, I tried a few more quips on my friend, such as:

My friend (talking about a coworker): How stupid can they be?
Me: One can be as stupid as the day is long, my student.

Ending with this entertaining exchange:

Me: You must let the stupidity wash over you like the wave washes over the reef.
My friend: But that’s how reefs are destroyed!!
Me: Oops.

Anybody want to ponder more of these with me and put them together into a book? Or at least an amusing web page? (cubiclezen.com is taken, but zencubicle.com is still available).

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