Day 89 of 96 – What if

17 Dec

So my friend in the Netherlands that had the baby, she was telling me that it was a non-standard birth. The baby was aimed in the wrong direction so she had to have a c-section. Everyone is fine but it’s pretty amazing that if this had been in the not-too-distant past there’s a good chance that both mother and baby could have died.

When I was a kid I used to wonder why I was so fortunate to have been born in a nice, safe, first-world country, in the good half of the twentieth century. I remember my parents took us to see Gandhi in the cinema when I was ten years old. It was usually after incidents like this that I would become most thankful for my good luck. I was told beforehand that the film it was based on a true story and it was a pretty violent for a ten year old.

See the problem was, when I was a kid I thought that there was someone (God) who was responsible for distributing people’s souls when they are born. I thought there was a chance I could have been born in India in the year 1053 (for example).

Slowly the Canadian education system and entertainment industry managed to chip away at all the misconceptions in my brain. I think the soul-distribution one died in my grade eleven eleven biology class. There are two others worth mentioning.

The first was that gravity is not caused by the Earth’s rotation, it’s caused by its mass. For this one I blame the makers of the movie Moonraker – I seem to remember that they lost gravity in the space station when it stopped spinning. The Earth spins. Seemed logical enough.

The other time was when I was four my dad went to Chicago for a business trip. I was told he was going to another country and I had no idea what country was. My only frame of reference was this globe we had –  someone had pointed to a place on this globe and said “we live here” so I thought when he said he was going to another country that he was actually going to another planet. True story.

I wonder if kids these days are as dumb as I was or has TV and the Internet made them all smarted.

I want to go to there

One Response to “Day 89 of 96 – What if”

  1. Lottabot December 18, 2011 at 21:21 #

    Kids today are just stupid in a different way than you were. But they’re still stupid.

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