Sunday, March 14, 2010

An Average Day with Eric

March 14
The temperature reached 100 degrees today, which led me to wonder: what's the hot season like? 

Lets do some math.  9,000 people a day visit the Taj Mahal.  Figure that they take 20 photos each.  The Taj Mahal is open to the public approximately 300 days a year. That's 60,000,000 photos every year. Not for lack of talent or trying, but not one will capture the beauty of the place.  Kipling, who had a way with words, wrote that words could not describe the Taj Mahal.  You just have to be there.

Mungo Jerry's 1970 hit song "In the Summer Time" has always been the go-to song in my head when I am daydreaming, getting chewed out by a boss or being lectured by Leslie.  A line in the song goes like this..." when the sun goes down we can make it, make it good in a lay bye".  I never knew what it meant until today. A lay bye is a truck reststop.  I guess I have to thank India for that insight.

They drive like madmen here.  Or, it seems that way.  If it truly was however, you would see accidents or the signs of previous accidents in the form of dented fenders, broken headlights and so on.  But you don't.  Why?
In economics, a moral hazard is a situation in which a person will take unreasonable risks because they think they will be bailed out of their troubles by insurance, by lawyers, by their moms and dads. In India, those safety nets can be safely assumed to be non-existent.  And so while their seemingly madman-like behavior appears to be unsafe, they may actually be some of  the safest drivers on the planet.  I will take my chances on the roads of India than on the streets of New York any day.

Left to their own, without silly breeding by humans for silly characteristics, I have learned that all dogs basically end up looking the same:  short hair, 40 lb range, shepherd-like snout, droopy ears.  A no-frills smart as heck creature.  And it makes me wonder.  If humans ended up loving and having offspring without regard for their mate's skin color, ethnicity or social rank, what look would we tend towards?  Your ideas are welcome. 

1 comment:

Iva said...

You missed your calling - you should have been a philosophy professor. Now, give me some details on India!! Love and miss all of you and glad that your experiences there sound so magnificicent. Enjoy... xox