Some Thoughts About Elevators

Here’s going to be a shorter post about elevators because I know we love them.  So let’s talk elevators.  Or “lifts,” if you grew up in a British English-speaking (whatever that is) environment…like me.  Alternatively, you may be from the 1930s…which sounds awesome.

But anyway, I had some seriously weird thoughts when I pressed the button of the elevator/lift (let’s just call it the elevator) a couple of days ago.  It involved pressing the button of an elevator completely by accident, when I suddenly thought if it were ever possible to ‘un-press’ that elevator button.  What would that mean though?  Does “un-pressing” an elevator button make it equivalent to never pressing it in the first place, or does it mean that I ‘cancelled’ pressing the elevator button?

If I were to escalate things a little quickly because that’s just how I roll (not a very good habit; I don’t recommend it), would un-pressing an elevator button be like pretending something in life never happened?  Like, would it be like some sort of knowledge that I acquired yesterday were completely forgotten today because I chose to forget it?  Or would it be like a rewind button that works in real time?

At the end of the day, maybe people didn’t invent buttons to be ‘un-pressed’ because it’s just difficult to make something like that.  Similarly, it’s easy enough to know and accept something, but more difficult to reject it afterwards…like ‘un-pressing’ a button?

Not sure if I’m making any sense here, but any thoughts on this?

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3 thoughts on “Some Thoughts About Elevators

  1. Hmm…
    Using your analogy:
    You can’t “un-press” an elevator button. Like in life, once the decision/action is made – it’s permanent.
    The elevator goes to the floor you pushed, no matter how you feel about it afterwards.
    If you want to forget about going to that floor, that’s your option. But, no matter what you’ve done, or what floor you’ve been to (whether by mistake or not) you “saw” something when you were there.
    You gathered data, in other words.
    Isn’t all data – important?
    I think it is. Even if it simply gives you the fact that you should be more careful when “hitting buttons.”

    1. Yeah that’s true. So maybe I’ve come to figure that sometimes even the smallest things like pressing elevator buttons — an action that’s so mainstream in Hong Kong that it’s easily overlooked — can be, well, ‘life-changing’ in the subtlest ways…who knows?

      1. You will change buttons for the rest of your life, if you’re lucky.
        How dull it is – otherwise.

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