Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Things That Are a Mystery to Me

I think that every one of my 957 previous blog posts presents something I know or believe.

So I thought it would be fun to write a post listing what I don't know, some things that are a mystery to me:
  • There is no God, so what created the first particle? How did the amazing wonders of nature and of birth come about?  Evolutionary theory doesn't, for me, come close to explaining it. Or do we simply call the currently unexplainable scientific phenomena, "God?"
  • Why are some people so kind and others so cruel?
  • How could I become a professional pianist with virtually no practice yet I draw horribly no matter how hard I try?
  • Why do so many people trust an entertainer's political opinions more than an intellectual's'?
  • How can peaceful music so calm us, cheery music so uplift us?
  • How did Google, SmartPhones, YouTube, even television get invented? They are true manmade miracles.
  • How can "greedy" corporations make a profit when their products cost us so little. Just a few examples: a can of Del Monte peaches: $1. A gallon of corporate-farmed milk: $3.00. A pair of Hanes socks: $2. A Foster Farms fresh chicken: $1 a pound. A gallon of Exxon or other gas $4. A pound of corporate-farmed apples: $1.  2 1/2 pounds of Quaker oatmeal: $5. A can of Bumble Bee tuna: $1. A bountiful, healthy buffet at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes restaurants: $10.  An Oral-B toothbrush: $2. 2 pounds of Best Foods mayonnaise: $4. A bottle of Two Buck Chuck wine for $2.49. A safety pin: a penny. I can't even see how they can produce the product and ship it for that, with no profit for the manufacturer or retailer. But obviously, they can and do.
What's a mystery to you?


Jeffrie said...

That there are some people in the world that hold a belief so strongly that they are willing to end friendships, distance themselves from family members they once cherished, or even kill in more extreme cases, is a mystery to me.

Anonymous said...

How can corporations afford to sell their products for so cheap? Easy: slave labor by undocumented immigrants in America, or in factories third world countries.

Anonymous said...

"Why do so many people trust an entertainer's political opinions more than an intellectual's?"

Well, Jon Stewart's and Stephen Colbert's comedy is, in fact, very intellectual, informed, and provides cutting commentary.

We make a mistake about what is "intellectual" when we assume it only refers to high seriousness or advanced degrees. Consider Geoffrey Chaucer, Honore de Balzac, Mark Twain, or Garrison Keillor, all famous humorists who manage to delve deeply into the human spirit.

In fact, one might say that comedy is truly an intellectual pursuit, as it engages the absurdity of life while suggesting, however implicitly or hyperbolically, a solution.