"I've got this killer up inside of me... I can't talk to my mother, (friends, women, coworkers, associates, affiliates, city council, the internets, the homeless or even your mother) so I talk to my diary."

-that Scarface song from Office Space

Sakujo and The Ripened Durian Award

The durian is a Southeast Asian fruit of polarizing repute. Thorny and abrasive on the outside, filled with a flesh that has been described as “blancmange” and “custard” in texture and “sewage” and “stale vomit” in terms of odour, some find it intoxicating and irresistible after becoming inured to it’s overpowering aromatics. Others are too repulsed to go near, even before the ripening process begins to crack the spiny shell allowing the sepulchral stench to infiltrate their bodies. I learned about this awkward fruit after having digitally kicked them around in Delfino Plaza back in the early 2000’s.

“Travel and food writer Richard Sterling¬†says of the Durian:

…¬†its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away. Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia.”

I will be finding people, based on this description, that are worthy of the moniker “Durian.”

The main traits which I seek to compile in single nominees to fulfill this metaphor are:

  • general lack of self awareness (in proportion to how much they self-aggrandize on social media);
  • general unpleasantness and abject unreasonableness (in proportion to how little one might be instigating it);
  • repeated infringements on attempted objectivity with blatant political biases;
  • the lack of empathy and ergo, identity, as one cannot know oneself without seeking to understand those around them;
  • the strict willingness to not admit fault in favor of being arrogantly appeased by nods from their retinue;
  • the use of social media to “communicate” but who are clearly only attempting to propagandize and self promote, not discuss with opposition, any of the ideas they claim to value;

I implore anyone who reads this to do the same by understanding the motives of these types of individuals and summarily calling them out on it.

Reference materials are found in “How to use,” which will lay out rules for determining whether or not a person deserves this award.

All award winners will be offered for sacrifice as mendicants to Marduk. So… eh… be judicious.

However, be warned… as it is said, stare too long into the abyss… and one’s soul will slowly fill up with dog shit.

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