A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
I’ve always thought that “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade” is a bunch of crap. First of all, life better also provide you with a pitcher, some water, ice (optional) sugar, a knife and a wooden spoon — or your beverage-making adventure is over before it starts. Secondly, if life is willing to furnish that kind of equipment, why not just hang out for a while and see if it’s got a bottle of vodka stashed away somewhere in that bag of tricks? Which brings me to my main point. These lemon-lifers are totally obsessed. They haven’t even considered the possibility that life might hand out all manner of fruit and veg. Why not? I’m pretty sure there’s more than just citrus in the cornucopia of human existence. So what happens when life gives you an apple? Do you make a pie? Sauce? Strudel?
Okay, I get the allusion. Life has some sour bits. Duh! My problem is there’s no reason to believe that’s the default mode. The physical, spiritual and metaphorical laws of the universe suggest – no, dictate — that there are just as many sweet, juicy Valencia oranges available to life’s intrepid travellers as there are lemons. Not to mention, strawberries, peaches, bananas and the occasional kiwi fruit. In fact, to carry this fruit business to its logical conclusion, lemons are so hopelessly outnumbered that the odds of life actually giving you one are astronomical – unless, of course, you planted the tree yourself.