No More Meaning in Zack…

The other day I was staring at the name Zack and it got a bit weird. Ok, before anyone named Zack gets freaked out that I am an obsessive stalker or something, I was searching for someone on Facebook and when I wrote Zack into the search thingy the name looked funny, and that is what began my several-minute-long ogle at the word Zack. Try it for yourself…

Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack, Zack.

Weird huh? Anyways… At first, I just thought I had spelled it wrong or something, because it didn’t look right. I just stared at it for clarity. After about thirty seconds or so, it stopped looking like a word all together. Now this has happened to me before, specifically with the word “Mexico” when I wrote it over a hundred times in the fifth grade for some unknown reason, so I wasn’t really panicked. After realizing Zack is possibly not even a word, it started to shape shift into other things. Some of those that crossed my mind were: a super hero symbol, hieroglyphics, not a word but a drawing of a spider or an insect, and then I finally came to the conclusion that it was most definitely some sort of weird alien language.

This is the point when this little debacle got a little out of hand because I started saying the name Zack in my head, and it no longer even sounded like a word anymore. I was totally convinced it was some sort of alien language. And then I started wondering where these humans got this alien name. Did the parents get abducted by aliens back in the 70s and the alien leader was like, “Peeeeee po gigigi grom beeee Zack!” (English translation, “You will name your firstborn son Zack!”)? And then it just became a name integrated into our culture? Do other people know about this? Do people named Zack have special alien powers? Are all of the Zacks of the world going to unite and take over the planet in 2012?

Yeah… And then I realized I don’t actually believe in aliens and I am pretty sure Zack is a derivative of the Biblical name Zachariah. But that freaked me out even more because my brain was telling me that Zack was the shortened version of the name Blake, definitely not Zachariah! I have no reasoning or logic as to why Zack would be short for Blake. But who can tell me, and I’m talking like a really good reason, why Dick is short for Richard? I don’t see any hands! So yeah, Zack can be short for Blake, and the entire thing was a weird experience! And it all just came from staring at Zack for too long, which got me thinking further.

It got me thinking about how powerful our brains are, whether they are working for or against us. I mean, I have no clue why that happened, but it’s pretty strange that if you stare at a word, something that has obvious meaning and definition, for too long it starts to lose it’s meaning. Then I decided there must be some sort of metaphor to life in all of this; like, if you try to look too deep into a situation that just “is what it is” that situation may lose its meaning altogether. But that didn’t really seem all that true. But I could see where people try too hard to make things “mean” something and by all the bells and whistles and what-nots they are actually making a wonderfully simple, meaningful thing way too complicated and the meaning within the simplicity of the thing is actually lost.

Yeah, but also, that was a bit of a stretch and going a little overboard on this whole thing. But I kept thinking about it, and thinking about it, and thinking about it, to the point that I decided to write about it. And then I realized, I stared at the name Zack for too long and it lost its meaning, and now I was trying to look deep into that situation and find a deeper meaning to life through this fairly unexplainable, meaningless situation. So by thinking too deeply about, and looking for meaning in this strange occurrence, I was actually doing the very thing I was trying to philosophically use as a premise as to why a person should not look too deeply into certain situations.

Sigh. So I just decided to let it be. Zack.

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One Response to No More Meaning in Zack…

  1. Stumbled upon your site, interesting lecture dude!

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