We live in interesting times. Half the people hate what’s going on in the world, half the people fear what’s going on in the world, and half the people haven’t got a clue what’s going on in the world. And the biggest problem is nobody cares that these figures don’t add up to 100%. Our standard response to such things is — ” Whatever!” Two hundred years from now, anthropologists and historians (if there are any left) are going to look at our time with a combination of disbelief and WTF? The only thing they’ll be able to agree on is that we’ve abandoned Aristotle for a more Kardashian view of reality. The fact is, most of the stuff we do here is the early days of the 21st century defies logic. Here are a few examples.
Extended Warranties — There are two things going on when you buy an extended warranty. One, you’re betting money that the thing you just purchased turns out to be a piece of junk; and two, if it doesn’t, you’ve just willingly paid for a very expensive handful of air.
Free Stuff — Nope! Even though, like unicorns, we all know what this looks like, it doesn’t exist. Everyone forgets that, unless your name is Aladdin, somebody/somewhere has to pay for the stuff you’re presumably going to get for free — and it’s usually you. (BTW, why did you get singled out to get something for nothing in the first place? Just because?)
Government Secrets/Conspiracies — Governments do not conduct their secret affairs at facilities that regularly appear on television documentaries. Nor do they leave massive clues behind for any YouTuber with a pause button to find. A good rule to remember is if you and all your friends have heard about it — it isn’t a secret.
Lotteries — Math, folks! Do the math!
Denying Climate Change — This is like believing in the existence of God — and Blaise Pascal got it right. If we believe in Climate Change and it doesn’t exist — nothing happens. However, if we don’t believe in Climate Change and it does exist — we’re totally screwed.
Corporate Greed — The sole purpose of any corporation is to earn money. That’s the reason they exist — the only reason. To get pissed off at corporations that generate profits (“excessive” is a subjective term) is like getting angry at your cat because it’s good at catching mice.
Apple Logos — Spending a boatload of money for an item that does the exact same thing as another item — that’s sitting right beside it and costs half as much — defies all logic. The only explanation is Apple isn’t a business; it’s a cult.