Yes! Bonus points are available. I love bonus points. Linda says:
“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “yes.” Use it as a word, use it in a word, extra points if you start and finish your post with it. Enjoy!”
And Pam gave me the inspiration to blather on somewhat mindlessly:
“If you want to change the world you must first get off the couch.”
My first thought was: “Pam. if you’re going to make it so hard, maybe the world doesn’t need to be changed.”
I mean. judging from the ads I see on TV, we now have 24-48 hour Pampers – for babies and old people, so maybe we can just bundle the world up in some chemically treated polyester swathing and just let it wallow in its own stuff.
The problem with changing the world is, well there are so many problems, it’s hard to pick one. I guess I’d start with the one Pam mentioned. It would take effort, work, probably hard work, and the workers probably wouldn’t live long enough to see the results. Kinda like Moses.
“Wander around with these folks for 40 years and then, well, you’re going to die before the Israel exit…but hey, good job Mo.”
I like to think that God uses nicknames.
A lot of my friends call me Danno. I never wanted that nickname, ‘cuz Danno, on the original Hawaii Five-O, wasn’t the most dynamic character. My best friend John tagged me with that back in 1982. We were working at a consulting firm and we had this really stupid analysis to perform. It involved tabulating a ton of information from a survey at a local community college. The results weren’t going to matter to anyone. John gave me the assignment because I was the new guy. New guys everywhere get crap jobs like that.
I tried explaining why the survey was deeply flawed. He knew that, but countered that we were going to be paid to do it, regardless. Chargeable hours. In the Big-8, chargeable hours were money – literally money. Well, they turned into money.
I protested one last time and John turned to me, tossed a pile of surveys on my desk and said “book ’em Danno!“
That was it. That name stuck like one of those kindergarten nicknames that includes the word ‘poop.’ With my luck, when I get to Heaven, I’ll be assigned the task of keeping the register and St. Peter will say: “Book ‘em Danno!” It depends on who’s doling out the work up there. God would know better than to assign that task to me. That would end up looking like:
- Joseph Gadzooks
- Joe’s wife
- The guy in the yellow hat
- The two guys who thought their truck could get across that river – you really need to hear that story.
- That woman who was complaining that those two guys got accepted – “well, I never…”
Joe Gadzooks is my friend’s John’s name for every imaginary person ever involved in a business process. It’s a good name, it works for stuff like that. If John were in charge of changing the world, some crummy job would end up being assigned to Joe Gadzooks.
Another problem with changing the world is the fact that it would be so easy to mess it up. Yes, even if you’re in the camp that thinks the world is pretty messed up now, you probably agree that it could get worse. Even stuff that is expected to get worse can get worse than expected.
Take global warming for instance. Some people paint a pretty bleak end result of that problem. Some people say it’s too late to stop, and, yes, some people say it’s a fantasy conspiracy cooked up to ruin the coastal real estate market. That’s why Joe Gadzooks down in Florida won’t let people in government talk about it like it’s really a thing. They can’t even try to solve that problem. They can’t spend money. Do you see how well ‘Joe’ works in situations like that?
Regardless of which camp you’re in with respect to global warming, you have to realize that humans are fully capable of making it worse. As evidence, I offer the Star Trek Next Generation episode: “A Matter of Time.” Some of you are questioning the value of this reference, but consider that the episode was also about time travel. So, if we assume that time travel becomes possible in a few hundred years, then we can assume that the events in this episode might could happen. Or could have happened yesterwhen.
The crew of the Enterprise tries to reverse global cooling on Penthara Four by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere to create a greenhouse effect to hold the sun’s heat. In doing so, they bring the planet to a life and death moment.
Yes, yes, they ultimately save the planet and restore the atmosphere to a pristine condition, but we don’t have a star ship, so that’s probably not an option for us…today.
Hence today’s title. I think we need the equivalent of a remote-control unit, or ‘bipper’ as I refer to it. If we had a bipper, guys could sit back, make a quick change, see how the world looks and either go back, watch for a while, or try a new choice.
“Can’t you just pick one world and leave it there?”
“I want to see if there’s a better one.”
“So, you’re going to just keep flipping from world to world?”