We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. ~ Albert Einstein
I was sitting on the couch with Eilidh late one evening, watching Criminal Minds. She's not a fan, not not a fan, but was just chilling next to her mother. The Siblings were in their rooms on their computers and the Father was asleep. Were we talking about anything? I can't remember, but if we were, it would have been making fun of some nonsensical something. Mocking the term 'chemical free' perhaps, one of Eilidh's favourites. Seriously? No chemicals? Must be healthy! Eilidh says that chemicals shorten your life by five minutes every time you eat one, and I say that eating fruit will give her those five minutes back, and she agrees because fruit is chemical free and therefore healthy. No n-Hexyl-2-methylbutanoate in that there Gala apple. For instance.
Some days the irrationality of what people think and how they came to think it makes me want to nominate myself for President of the World and ban all stupidness. Except my own. Because while I admit to some level of alleged stupid stupidnesses, mine are always perfectly resonable in the circumstances. That is, not stupid at all!
I tell Eilidh that when I am President of the World, I will also ban the term chemical free, a policy of which she approves. She asks me how long until I manage that, and, well, I don't know exactly but quite a while. Four, five years maybe? Lots of work to do beforehand, got to establish the role in the first place which might take some apocalyptic nightmare scenario because I am not exactly sure how else everyone will agree on One Megan to Rule Them All. Then there'll be a few years of chaos and learning how to make cars run on lentils, and then out of the ashes a new world will slowly form. It will be perfect, and without conflict, and probably include only just me.
Except I'd never vote for myself so, you know. A couple of more kinks in the system to iron out between now and then.
It strikes me that Albert's quote can equally be turned on its head and make just as much sense. We can despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
*King Lear. Pretty sure if I make every title I ever write a rip-off from Shakespeare I will always sound 72993277 times more clever than I actually am.