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The grim butcher - Yerevan, Armenia

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We can weave many tales, stories or fantasies in our minds based on a single image. It doesn't matter whether the form is moving or still, as in this photo. I look at this and feel such brute and primal force. I encountered this male specimen in the Armenian market, and immediately chills began to creep through my veins. Internal dissonance was incited by his eyes, which penetrated in a violent and harsh manner. It probably didn't help that he was standing over dead carcasses, with knives and other butcher equipment directly behind.

I don't like this type of alpha male, with some over-bearing presence, hunting me down with predatory eyes, creating a sense that I could be his next victim. Yet for others, these traits are the pure embodiment of "masculinity."

What do you think about this photo? Does it create internal harmony or discord?


Jun. 21st, 2017 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: My be not....
Any type of job is a "service" of sorts to others. Whether it's offering legal skills, programming, serving food...I do not see the problem. The end result or production of labor is utilized by a consumer. Of course, it would be ideal if money was not needed for basic necessities in life, if there was an equilibrium such that everyone was taken care of and could pursue their proper, and intended, paths in life. But alas....
Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: My be not....
Sure, we are not there yet.

Meanwhile, I prefer personalized services (not in the way that big companies do when they use CRMs and algorithms).
When I know the place, know waiters or even the owner for a long time... it becomes much better.
I can tolerate even slower service in exchange that I treat them as humans and they treat me as a human, not just as a customer.
Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: My be not....
I agree, that is why I always try to support small, local businesses and will use them over big corporate chains, when possible. The good 'ole mom and pop shops or diners, they create this cozy feeling of human warmth in a way a factory cannot.


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