I am sitting here with a car who has just been released from an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. How was your experience, sir?
C : Well the experience of the accident that forced me to go there was not too pleasant. I was in and out of consciousness while I was being worked on by the mechanics. I don’t think I liked that experience because I much prefer to maintain my wits about me. But I recognize that it was necessary to get to the point where I am now. So on balance I would say I am happy to have had the experience.
What exactly was damaged that required repair?
C : I was rear ended by some other fellow who was not paying attention where he was going. My back fender and trunk were dented in. After the accident the trunk wouldn’t close properly.
That does not sound too bad.
C : No. I got off lucky and the collision repair Salt Lake City shop was able to get me back in good repair without too much trouble. It could have been far worse.
C : Well, my engine could have been damaged for example. A damaged engine is far more expensive to repair (generally speaking) than a dented fender and trunk. The parts are more complicated in an engine and require more finesse to remove and install.
Yes, well thank God that you did not have to have your engine repaired.
C : Agreed. Although I cannot say that I actually believe in a divinity.
I understand. It was just a manner of speech.
C : Right. I get that. It’s just a pet peeve of mine. The language contains all these antiquated references to God that assume the speaker actually believes in God.
Tell me, what is it like to be a sign?
S : Life for signs and banners is not that interesting from the standpoint of action. We don’t physically do all that much. However, it is interesting from a sort of Zen perspective that by doing nothing we actually do quite a lot.
I don’t understand.
S : Of course you don’t. Let me see if I can phrase this another way. Signs and banners created by a sign shop when they are performing their function do not move. They do not move (generally speaking) because it makes them easier to see. And by not moving and thus being easier to see they are more effectively conveying their message.
So it is by doing nothing (that is, standing still) that signs do what they are designed to do which is to convey the content of their message.
S : Precisely!
Do you find satisfaction in that?
S : Certainly. As a human your mind is structured in a more complicated way. There are layers of motivations and competing concerns. However, the mind of a sign is as simple as it appears. We need only perform our function well to achieve satisfaction. That is enough for us.
That sounds nice because it is simple and direct.
S : Indeed. Complication for the sake of complication is a highly overrated quality of the human consciousness.
I’m not so sure that the human consciousness is complicated for the sake of complication by nature. I think perhaps that is more a byproduct of our modern times.
S : So it’s a maladaptive behavior of some sort.
Maybe. In truth I have not fully thought this line of reasoning through but it seems right to me.
S : That’s fine. We can leave it at that for now until the next time that we have the occasion to speak to one another.