TheSpaceBarIsArguablyTheMostImportantKeyOnAnyKeyboard

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LookAtItThisWay:lfYou’reRunningAMarathon,DoYouJustKeepRunningAllTheWayThroughOrDoYouStopAndRestLikeSomeoneWhoIsntAMachine?ItsTheSherbertPalletCleanserAfterAFancyMealWithYourFamily,TheBitThatGetsAllThoseOtherComplicatedFlavorsOutOfYourBrain,AFlavorReprieveIfYouWill.NowThisIsntToDiminishTheValueOfEveryKeyOtherThanTheSpaceBar,YouCantHaveThatPalleteCleanserWithoutTheMeal,AndPointedlyYouAlsoCannotReallyHaveTheSorbetAsTheEntireMealEither,You’dStarve.ThereIsAMixtureOfEmotionsTowardsTheSpaceBar,ACuriousBlendOfReverenceAndFearOfAbandonment,SimilarToAPeoples’RelationshipWithAnAngryGod.WhereDoesTheFearComeFromYouAsk?SomeScholarsTheorizePerhapsThatItAllDrawsFromADeep-SeededCoreOfSemamticClaustrophobia.

SureItsNotRealClaustrophobiaButBeingADoctorIsHardAndTheDoctorsDeserveALittleBitOfLeewayWhenProvidingPivotalEvidenceInAnExperimentalFieldSuchAsWordScience.OnTheFlipSideOfThisSocietalConcernIsItsOppositeAffliction,WhichDealsWithTheOverabundanceOfSpaceRatherThanItsLimitation.”InSpaceNoOneCanHearYouScream,”IsATerrifyingSayingBecauseItEmphacizesAPrimalFearOfLonelinessAndVunerabilityInTheFaceOfAll-EncompassingEmptiness.SpaceSeemsLimitless,AndToBeLostInTheMiddleIsLikeAFlyBeingDroppedIntoAMassiveInkWellOnlyToBeSwallowedUpByItsPowerfulDarkness.TheWordsWhichProvideContextForTheSpaceBarInThisScenarioAreTheBitsOfAnInterstellarVoyageThatKeepYaSane:Crewmembers,CleverRobots,AndWhateverOtherMetaphorsKeepSomeoneSaneOutsideTheOzoneLayer.ItsTheDependenceThatMustBeBrokenBeforeTheObsessionModernPeopleHaveEvolvedTowardsTheSpaceBarCanTransformIntoAGlimmerOfHealthyGrammaticalControl.TheSuggestionOfScientificExpertsIsToTakeTheInitiativeAndSay”BuzzOff”ToWhoeverMakesTheRules.YouAreTheMasterOfYourOwnLanguage,NoMatterIfYouFeelEnclosedByOrOverwhelminglyFreeOfTheSpaceBarsGuidanceAndPower:YouCreateYourOwnSpaceTheRestIsJustATool.

 

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