Today’s post is a letter to the editor.
To the Editor:
I was insulted by your recent article that sings the praises of what you called a “Human Hamster Wheel“, portraying it as a reasonable and even groundbreaking advance over the standard office desk.
I shouldn’t need to tell you that the term “Hamster Wheel” is offensive to all Rodent Americans, as it is often used in a belittling fashion, hand-in-hand with descriptions of futile, frenetic, and strangely comic activities. But it may come as a surprise to you that we hamsters do not relish pointless work and we get no joy from the kind of running that leads to no real change in location.
Our main concern, especially in the wild, is survival.
And in the name of that cause, no motion is wasted. If you saw me hoarding seeds and nuts you would realize that I work hard. Why do you think I stuff my cheeks so full? Saves on steps, that’s why! I can carry more snacks back to my burrow.
But efficiency is not what you would expect if your only image of us is of a creature running nowhere on a squeaky treadmill.
Humans, on the other hand, are famous effort wasters. You relish creating multiple systems that require a lot of activity from hopeful participants in the name of creating something meaningful but instead these bright ideas yield no tangible results.
The smug looking man in the video appears to be very satisfied with himself for being inside a rotating circle.
For hamsters, it is just the opposite. When you see us running on the inside of a metal wheel, we are enraged! And the fact that you stand around and laugh at us while we do it is infuriating.
So don’t tarnish our reputations by putting the name “Hamster” on this endless “circle of frustration.”
It’s a human invention, pure and simple. So why don’t you just call it “Congress”?
Name something that is mis-named.