We are ALL Dr. Babooner
Dear Dr. Babooner,
I try to keep up with current events but I am usually disappointed at the top stories on Google and the most recent trending items on Twitter.
Invariably these most popular stories have to do with movie stars, athletes, psycho killers and the most alarmingly dangerous things in the world.
I admit some of this exasperation is a matter of selfish pride.
Because while the world is looking closely at what’s up with Lindsey Lohan, I’m involved in a years-long effort to land a probe on the face of a comet. I played a small role in planning the project, and so did many, many others. And yet I’m just not seeing very much news coverage of what I think is the most important story out there.
Am I wrong to feel slighted?
Think for a minute about how you would go about this task if it were your assignment.
- Design a machine that can learn something meaningful about a completely foreign object.
- Launch that object into space.
- Catch up to a comet.
- Figure out where to land on a duck-shaped object going 83,000 miles per hour.
- Land, understanding that the surface you’re plopping down on is something you can only guess about ten years before you actually have to do it, and your guess has to be good enough to make it all possible.
I think that’s pretty special, and it leads me to the conclusion that people are incredibly silly because they just don’t care about truly important stuff as much as they should.
And yet I want their approval SO MUCH!
Dr. Babooner, what is wrong with me?
I told Rosetta Stan that he is suffering from a normal human tendency to feel slighted by a world that inexplicably overlooks one’s exceptional achievements. I commiserated with him, offering the opinion that his effort directed at learning about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is indeed a major event in the history of human achievement and its outcomes will be remembered forever.
Unfortunately, Lindsey Lohan and her many fans feel exactly the same way about her West End Debut.
But that’s just one opinion. What do YOU think, Dr. Babooner?