So people actually eat these things?
I'm easily oblivious to most of what happens around me and, as a result, I'm a bit concerned that my basic reality isn't what it seems. All of this existential uncertainty, by the way, was precipitated by a damned persimmon (of the variety pictured above). I've been in Korea for almost three years now and until last week was unaware that people actually ate this kind of fruit. I mean, I knew about persimmons - having loved them as a kid - but I just didn't know that there were multiple breeds, so to speak. The type in question is hard as rock to the touch and I - rather logically - concluded that they weren't ripe, having grown up waiting for them attain the consistency of soft soap before eating them. I bought a few of the pictured kind a year or two ago and, christ, they never ripened.
Well, screw this, I thought.
So until now I've just avoided this fruit because I couldn't be bothered waiting for them to get ripe. About a week ago, however, some kind soul informed me that, Aaron, you idiot, those persimmons are ready to eat and actually taste pretty good.
She was right, too.
So now I'm trying to make up for lost time and buying them in bunches. Thing is, too many persimmons can really put a stopper in the intestinal works, so I've had to exercise a bit of caution at the same time.
In a larger sense, what this all makes me wonder about are the things I don't know about. That is, what more important things and ideas do I not know about, which, by extension, don't exist in my admittedly narrow world? Let's say, for example, that I've never heard of an event like World War II. Never studied it. Never lived through it. I have absolutely no knowledge of it whatsoever. For me, it simply doesn't exist. Of course, I'm probably somehow affected in some ripple-like way by such an event, but does it really or directly influence my basic thinking of the world? Doubtful.
None of these are terribly lucid thoughts, I know, but it does reinforce my conviction that what we know, what we believe and what we think is nothing more than what we've been taught and told and, therefore, none of it's "real." When you get right down to it, I suppose none of us is anything more than a bi-product of our batty Aunt Lucille, a few college professors and the dubious wisdom of Fox News.
Frightening, ain't it? Which is why I'm just going to ignore it and go eat my persimmons.
pic by Aaron