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 don’t.

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.
Written by highlyfunctional
Author's Note
The claw game is the most accurate metaphor for life I know.
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