A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Unless you’re four years old, Seth Rogen or the Big Lebowski, you don’t have a lot of time to lie around the house and wonder why. Adults, who aren’t permanently affixed to 4/20 self medication, learn to take a few things on faith. After all, “why?” is a pretty open-ended question and much if it, without herbal encouragement, isn’t worth the trouble. For example, I don’t know why there are 8,000 different kinds of pasta, and, honestly, I don’t care. I’m sure somebody knows the difference between linguini, fettuccini and all of other “inis,” out there, but it ain’t me. However, there are times when our inner child does escape on a Friday morning and, over a second cup of coffee just wonders why.
During automobile commercials, when the car speeds up, why are the wheels turning the wrong way? I’m no fan of physics, but that’s impossible.
The Ancient Greeks believed in a pantheon of gods who lived on Mount Olympus. Mount Olympus is only 3,000 metres high. Why didn’t somebody just climb the mountain and look?
When anti-religious people get upset about religious symbols like burkas and crucifixes, why doesn’t anybody ever mention yoga pants? Honestly, we should do something about yoga pants.
And why does this work?
Every year, charities spend thousands and thousands of dollars making television commercials to solicit donations. Why don’t they take the big money they’re spending on film crews, transportation, actors, actresses and TV time and just give it to the people they’re trying to help?
Why don’t psychics ever win the lottery?
In Lord Of The Rings, instead of walking all over Middle Earth trying to get to Mordor, why didn’t Gandalf just get the eagles to fly Frodo directly to Mount Doom? He throws the Ring into the volcano: Sauron’s history. Mission accomplished!
And finally, if Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is correct and there is natural selection, then why, after 50,000 years of human history, are there still so many stupid people kicking around?