Why is that?
Okay, as I near the end of another year of birth being celebrated, there are just certain things about this life I don't understand. I see things and ask, in my best Kip Dynamite, "Why is that?"
I don't understand ...
why my mail arrives at a different time each day. On the days I want to drop something in the mail to be picked up, the post has been here already by noon. Yet, it's not uncommon for the mail to arrive after 5PM, having noted it before coming just before 9PM. Wouldn't it be the same route every day? Yet, the window of mail delivery is incredible. Why is that?
why Paris Hilton is so famous, beyond her parents having money. She's not hailed as a great actress or beauty queen, but seems to be a professional celebrity with mucho fame. Why is that?
why my body temperature internally is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but if the outside temperature is 95 degrees, I feel warm. Shouldn't the equilibrium be such that I'm content when my internal temperature matches the external? Shouldn't I be warm only when it's 98.7 or higher and be cool/cold if the temperature drops below 98.6? But that's not the case. I'm warm when it's 80 degrees. Why is that?
why I would want to give $3 to the presidential campaign fund. I was asked this when having my taxes done and, as usual, I declined. If a person has any political interest, why not give that $3 to a candidate worthy of support instead of pooling it into some slooge fund? Why is that?
why the hair on my arm, for example, will grow back, if shaven, but only to the same length it was before. How does it know when to stop growing? How does it know how long it has become? Why is that?
why the Mona Lisa is such a famous painting. I find it exceedingly average. The lady is not attractive. DaVinci did other things that seem to have more of the elements/aspects of beauty described by Kant in his Critique of Judgment. There are other works of art from that era that seem to have greater intrinsic value, but staring at the original as a teenager I was told it was such a famous painting. Why is that?
why Gone with the Wind is such a beloved movie. I find the acting marginal, the storyline laborious, and the characters sub par. Yet, people love it. Why is that?
why the thermos is not seen as the greatest invention of all time. It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold and I wonder how does it know. Why is that?
why people so hate athletic celebrations. A guy scores a touchdown and signs a football with a Sharpie or pulls out a cellphone or dances around or uses the ball as a pillow, etc. Some want to see such players fined or suspended or at least given a stern talking to. Sports is all about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. I do think it odd when you see an exuberant celebration after a routine play (e.g., a tackle) or when the team is getting smoked off the filed/court, but some people REALLY hate to see exuberant celebration. Why is that?
why wackos such as the goon at Virginia Tech today decide to unleash their depravity on random people, particularly on the campus of a school. I understand that humanity is fallen to the point that it is only the restraining power of God's Spirit that keeps folks from being as evil as they could be, but what's the rationale from shooting people, killing at least 22 (as of noon, but by 5PM it's at least 32). Oddly enough, this was the second time in less than a year that the campus was shut down due to a shooting. This is apparently the "deadliest campus shooting in history," a record I hope will stand the test of time. The evil gunman is dead, cowardly committing suicide. So we cannot ask him, but he saw fit to end the lives of these people and derail the lives of many. Why is that?