Saturday, April 14, 2012
Some shocking news
Did you know there are people out there who don’t use their imaginations?
These people get through every moment of every day without asking a single “What if?” question. They sit through meetings at work thinking of things like sports teams and celebrity breakups and who will win Masterchef. Some of them might even be thinking about work. I know, right? These people walk among us.
They could be building worlds. They could be setting up all their plot points like dominos, just waiting to bring the whole thing crashing down again. They could be living and dying, but they’re paying attention to words that somehow don’t mean anything, like stakeholders and outcomes and paradigm shifts.
These people do well at work. They are often focused and unaccountably motivated. They don't really ponder the inherent absurdity of existence and, frankly, it shows. They're not even a tiny bit nihilistic, and hardly ever worry about how they don't understand the theory of relativity. It's all relative, they might say, but how can they know for sure?
I worry about these people. I do. I want them to suddenly burst out laughing in the middle of someone else's Serious Talk because they thought of something random and unrelated. I want them wonder what would happen if Ice-nine was real and gravity wasn't. I want them, when they board up our windows at work because of the noise from the construction site next door, to understand why I felt plastering the place with these were necessary:
If I can't see out the windows, there had better be a damn good reason for it. Because I might have the attention span of a goldfish, but at least it’s never boring in my head. How are things in your head?