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It’s raining heavily, the car is in for a service, and you have to be in work in ten minutes. The toast just fell butter side down (on to your trousers). And the milk you just put in to your tea is on the turn. It’s one of THOSE days. Again.

“Resistentialism” is a term coined some years ago by people who recognised that sometimes “the things are against us”. It refers to the seemingly spiteful behaviour of objects that (supposedly) aren’t capable of spite. Like the orange that just won’t peel. Or the lid that just won’t come off the jar. Even after doing that thing with hot water.

The only suitable response to the malevolence of inanimate objects is laughter. Stubborn jars hate being laughed at. Obstinate computers hate it too. Learn to laugh at the things that are against you, it’s the only way that they will learn.
I uploaded a new 'longform' article on Saturday, this one is a very personal piece of writing, about something that happened 12 years ago. If you'd like to have a read, head over to my website and follow the longform links.
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