For this new year, I had resolved to have no resolutions. (well, starting after that one) Done. Move on with 2014. Now happily enjoying my structure-free new year, I attempted to impress some friends with a smug, Cliff Clavin-like factoid. After some rumbling and discussion we were forced to consult the device of all knowledge and look it up (smart-phone+search engine of choice+Wikipedia). My information was wrong.
Boom, mind blown. How could this be? It came from what I believed to be a very reputable source. Shortly afterwards, another statistic on a printed government map and trail sign. Consult the device of all knowledge… the map was wrong. How could this be? My faith in humanity, government, and the fundamentals of science have been shattered.
At that moment I un-resolved my original non-resolution and resolved to have one resolution for 2014. “QUESTION EVERYTHING” I was so impressed with my new quote I thought about a line of T-shirts… then discovered I’m not as original as I thought. Joe Rogan has a TV show by that name. Some old dead Greek guy (it was either Euripides or Homer Simpson, I’m not sure) said it. Whatever. It’s still a good creed to live by for the next year.
What if everything you thought wasn’t true? Maybe Miley Cyrus didn’t invent twerking? Perhaps Hillary really hasn’t made up her mind about running? What if skier packed powder just means we haven’t groomed in a few days? Maybe the Koch brothers really are hatching a massive conspiracy to take down the government? What if, gasp, Justin Bieber really is retiring???
The possibilities will shake you to the core if you start thinking about it. So, the next time you tell me something don’t be offended if I immediately consult the device of all knowledge to confirm.