Tao of the Claw (pragmatism)
When you put a dollar into the claw game and have 15 seconds to decide, do you go for the cute princess in the “I heart you” shirt pressed against the glass?
I’ve learned how the claw works—the Tao of the Claw—and it must go all the way around what it grabs in order to pick it up.
I look for whatever is lying on its side near the chute. Something with a thin neck that doesn’t have to travel far. It may be a matted monkey with a missing eye that smells like piss; but if the claw will grab it, that’s what must be gone after.
I don’t dream about I-heart princesses. I go home with the one-eyed monkey.
And that my friends, is pragmatism.