Oceanus, Celebrities and the useful Role that is Forging his Happiness
Oceanus has got a job seating a celebrity couple at engagements using his oversized hands. It’s a job which gives him pleasure and pain, and over dinner he discusses this dilemma with his mum. She feeds him while he talks and challenges him on the question of who is really being used. More
Oceanus has got a job seating a celebrity couple at engagements using his oversized hands. It’s a job which gives him pleasure and pain, and over dinner he discusses this dilemma with his mum. She feeds him while he talks and challenges him on the question of who is really being used. Another parfable by the author of Simon’s Armbands, ThinkFish and Colin’s Head Bumps.
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Oceanus’s mum had cut the advert from their local newspaper for him to respond. A job for a young lad with large hands eh. This could be her son’s best opportunity for gainful work. Celebrity couple eh. They’d pay well. I wonder who they are? Brad and Ange. Keith and Nicole. Tom and friend. There are a lot of them swanning about at the moment. Well Oceanus is going to have to apply to find out, won’t he!
Oceanus did apply and indeed he got the job. His oversized hands are to be employed as human chairs. He can do this sitting or standing depending upon the occasion, whether they are red carpet events like the Academy Awards or posing for the paparazzi and journalists. He is to dress in a dinner suit with sleeves optional, to not speak, and to remain as motionless and expressionless as possible during the occasion. His arms will hang down by his side, his large hands are to extend and stay rigid (the couple have offered him their personal trainer as a perk), and so as to not sweat beneath their beautiful bottoms, he is to wear gloves; this while the celebrity power couple hold court. Oceanus is getting the work and he is well paid for it. Social likes that he has some casual work and maybe he’ll eventually get off benefit; they and the celebrity couple tell him that he is useful.
One night at dinner Oceanus and his mum have a conversation about happiness. Was this the type of work that could numb his self esteem pain? He says he is getting pleasure from the job, and it’s a pathway to happiness, long sought by many, but rarely found. For his use Oceanus has a future, like his dead dad and his proud mum wish for him. His mum says every day that she is happy for him. His gross hands are his right action for the right people, and in the right time in his life. The merits of his oversized hands actualise him, making him useful to others. Mum has read her Hume and Mill. But Oceanus tells his mum that he is little more than selfish, because all he wants is happiness and that is a selfish feeling, and the celebrities who sit on his hands are also selfish; and his happiness will end because of his relentless pursuit of it. Testing him, mum asks which of his two masters’ pleasure or pain, would Oceanus choose to keep. One without the other would surely rid his selfishness. Oceanus said he would rather keep them both despite himself, because he would find a way to be selfish without them. He would only feel less guilty, that’s all. Mum asks him why, and all Oceanus could say was there was no feeling he could get rid of, if he were truly honest with himself.