Wednesday, December 22, 2004

"A body at rest will remain at rest ...

unless acted on by an outside force."

Newton's First Law of Motion. Many of us learned it years ago.

On the way home last night I was pondering about whether people were inherantly good or inherantly evil. Being evil (truly evil anyway), however, requires a great deal of intelligence and a lot of effort/energy. So people are probably not inherantly evil since I don't think that many of them are that smart (insert assorted political jokes about the current administration or about people's driving).

But their behavior often seems so callous. Driving out of the parking lot after getting my bagels this morning I saw some fellow who had cut me off park and then toss his cigarette on the ground as he got out of his car. So it doesn't seem like they're particularily good either (with notable exceptions).

So what does that leave? I thought about it while waiting in traffic and initially came up with "people are inherantly stupid". That seemed to fit better. But I started to wonder if people were really stupid or just lazy. So that spawned the corolary of Newton's First Law of Motion.

"People at rest will remain at rest. Period. Nothing in this world is getting them out of that armchair!"


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