Somebody is Dreaming

‘Clever people need to make more effort to work together. Stop trying to score points off one another. Stop playing for pride. Have a cup of tea and come to a conclusion for once’

(Stefan Klevverdik, I’ll Give You Cursed, 2007)

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7 thoughts on “Somebody is Dreaming

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  2. Not that I have any wish to score a point off Klevverdik, but I wish the stupid **** would specify what kind of tea he means. There’s more than one, or absorbed as he’s been in his Frugal Trilogy, has this escaped his valuable notice. I might also be tempted to wonder if he means the people are expected to share one communal cup of tea, or is it one cup to each clever person, but that might be interpreted as pedantic , so I won’t.

  3. You make so many worthy points here that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s almost as if Klevverdik is drawing attention to the impossibility of his idealistic stance ever prevailing by mentioning tea in the first place. How can we ever come to a conclusion if we need tea to do so? Tea itself, as you so rightly remind us, is a monumentally tricky subject: a fact which all truly clever people understand.
    One wonders whether Klevverdik is aware of Toru Shimizu’s 1986 study One Tea World, in which he proposed a centralised, multi-national tea industry, supplying just one brand of tea, to be made by specialised tea-makers, in one way only – a system which, Toru claimed, would lead to ‘immediate world peace’. Shimizu, of course, turned out later to be a relation of the founder of the tea company whose product he was championing – a fact which might have caused a controversy, had anyone actually read his work in the first place.

  4. And what if the one tea tasted like brewed piss-water? That would do very little for world peace. One is tempted, and I don’t say this lightly, to see a possible connection between his utopian notions regarding this tea, and the relations you mention between himself and its founder. Look up “vested interests” if vague as to my meaning.

  5. I would have thought that your meaning was implicated in my final sentence. Shimizu’s ‘vested interests’ would indeed have caused a controversy, I wrote, had his utopian pamphlet any sort of contemporary readership. Those who have since scanned the pamphlet have done so at a time (i.e. the present) when his much-heralded ‘ultimate tea’ is no longer being produced by said company (whose Japanese name, coincidentally, apparently translates as ‘boiled wee of the heavens’)

  6. Incidentally, some believe that those with utopian notions almost always have vested interests. Personally, I only support world peace to spite my cousin in the arms trade – and because I have shares in ‘tiresome contentment’

  7. I admit I failed to discern the implied connection. I thought you’d either simply lost a little of the thread of intelligent direction, and decided to throw in a big word like controversy as a kind of last resort; or else were just mentioning Shimizu’s relation to the tea-manufacturer as an interesting coincidence.

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