Thursday, October 14, 2004


The Law of the Conservation of Idiocy

Joy of Knitting proposes her law of the conservation of idiocy: "In any given society, irrespective of all other variables, the quantity of idiocy will remain constant."

Joy is an optimist. When I plot the numbers over time and draw my graph, the quantity of idiocy increases, and the quantity of wisdom decreases, both asymptotically.

But perhaps Joy is right after all, and the reason why my graph appears skewed is because "trash rarely survives, and so we tend to regard the past as an epoch of unsurpassed beauty."

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