Sunday, January 13, 2008

Why DID the Chicken cross the road?

I was reading this article by Victor W. Harris and found this..pretty funny

Perceptions are an interesting thing. To illustrate what I mean, a simple non-threatening discussion about why the chicken crossed the road could elicit a number of differing perceptions. For example, the kindergarten teacher might say, “To get to the other side.” Plato might say, “For the greater good.” Again, our question is, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Aristotle would say, “It’s the nature of chickens to cross roads.” Darwin would say, “Chickens over a long periods of time have been naturally selected and are, therefore, genetically disposed to cross roads.”
Karl Marx would say, “It was a historical inevitability.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The chicken did not cross the road, it transcended it.” Right!? Ernest Hemmingway, if you have read any of his writings, “The chicken crossed the road, to die, in the rain.” The Bible, “God came down out of the heavens and said unto the chicken, ‘Thou shalt cross the road.’ And the chicken obeyed and crossed the road and there was much rejoicing in all the land.” Dr. Seuss, “Did the chicken cross the road, or did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, and why he crossed, we’ve not been told.” Captain James T. Kirk, “To boldly go where no chicken has gone before!” Freud, “The fact that you were at all concerned about the chicken crossing the road, reveals your latent sexual insecurities.” Einstein, “Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?” Richard Nixon, “The chicken did not cross the road, I repeat. I knew nothing about the chicken crossing the road.” Pat Buchanan, “To steal a job from a decent, hardworking American.” Bill Clinton, and I’ll be sensitive with this one, “I did not cross the road
with that chicken. What do you mean by ‘chicken’? Can you define chicken, please?” Martin Luther King Jr., “I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads. Free at last! Free at last!” Are you getting a glimpse of how different our individual perceptions can be?
Saddam Hussein, “This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping nerve gas on it.” Bill Gates, “I have just released the new Chicken Office 2002. It will not only cross roads, but it will lay eggs, manage your accounts, and even balance your checkbook.” Now for Grandpa’s perception, and this is one of my favorites, “In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road and that was good enough for us!” Finally, Colonel Sanders, the symbol of Kentucky Fried Chicken, a national franchise—here’s his perspective. “I missed one.” ◦

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