No matter your stance on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, you have to admit that the trial was unusual. Not only is it rare for a grand jury to decline an indictment, it is rare for them to decide whether a person is innocent or guilty. It is also strange that the entire body of evidence was laid out for the grand jury. In fact, it was also pretty weird for Darren Wilson to be able to present his side…for four hours…
Okay, you get the picture. Nothing about that trial was standard…or correct, in my opinion. So, to reorient our moral compass, and reinstate some logic into this unbalanced world, let’s talk about some stuff that makes sense. In fact, let’s talk about anything that makes more sense than Ferguson. Just to get ourselves right.
5. Discrete Mathematics
–Actual quote from Wikipedia: “In contrast to real numbers that have the property of varying “smoothly”, the objects studied in discrete mathematics – such as integers, graphs, and statements in logic – do not vary smoothly in this way, but have distinct, separated values.”
Yeah, I don’t think I could tell you what that sentence means if I had a dictionary in front of me. But it makes more sense than Ferguson. In fact, I have another math problem for you: “bad guy + bad actions = no freedom” Why did America get that one wrong?
4. String Theory
-Well, I tried to read up on this one too, but I can’t get past the fact that this doesn’t have anything to do with knitting. Still, there is more sense in this than Ferguson.
3. Lady Gaga
–C’mon, everyone. I love Lady Gaga as much as the next person, but I’m not even sure that Lady Gaga understands Lady Gaga. I’m pretty sure she closes her eyes and grabs trash off the street and applies it to her body. Still, that meat dress makes more sense than Ferguson.
-Or platypi? I’m not sure at this point. But even though I think this little echidna is adorable, it doesn’t make much sense. A duck bill? A beaver tail? Able to lay eggs? No, someone was reaching far into the grab bag of animal parts when they made this little guy. Of course, platypi (platypuses) still make more sense than Ferguson.
–They say that life is a box of chocolates and that you never know what you are going to get. Luckily, this little adage gives us more insight into the most difficult concept of our…well… lives… than anyone can for Ferguson.
So, why do all of these things make more sense than Ferguson? Because nothing makes sense about Ferguson. And now that we live in this topsy-turvy world where we don’t value the life of any citizen, well. Suddenly, it doesn’t seem so hard to tackle these difficult concepts. Because the most basic thing, protecting a human life, is now something that is foreign, that we don’t recognize. So, I figure we better start simple: with the most difficult concepts that we have.