by Daniel A. Kaufman
Some more things I’ve been wondering about, from the serious to its opposite and everything in between. Not all of them – or any of them – need be questions for you, of course.
 Why would anyone do anything solely “on principle”?
 Why should the fact that someone is a picky eater entail anything on the part of anyone else?
 How did “don’t stigmatize or otherwise unduly burden eccentric/marginal/dysfunctional people” turn into “prioritize, lionize, and genuflect before eccentric/marginal/dysfunctional people”?
 How can a view held by a sliver of a population constitute a norm?
 How did young people, who are by nature self-absorbed, obnoxious, violent, and horny become our biggest moral saints?
 Why would you ever need to see more than one Wes Anderson movie?
 Why wear t-shirts of bands you don’t listen to?
 What was wrong with: (a) key-in-ignition cars? (b) bookstores? (c) physical media?
 Is the modern “conflict resolution” model employed in schools today better practice than letting kids have a punch up after school, or does it just advantage the more sophisticated and articulate kids over their dumber, cruder (and likely poorer) counterparts?
 Can one be marginalized while having the sustained and unwavering support of every major corporation, celebrity, media outlet, and academic institution, as well as the entire medical, athletic, recreational and even carceral sectors?
 Why would gender self-identification be relevant to what athletic division one competes in?
 Why should someone who is training to be an accountant or hotel manager be required to take philosophy or literature or hard science classes? [Note that I said ‘required’, not ‘allowed to’.]
 How could someone be an expert on reality or goodness or permissibility?
 What about philosophy suggests that it is something with regard to which one can be a professional?
 Why do we no longer expect people in significant positions of power to be at least minimally dignified and decorous in their public behavior?
 Why do people think that we no longer need credible, professional news outlets?
 Why are activists today the ones who care the least about winning elections?
 Do people who are pro “sex work” answer “Yes,” when asked, “Would you like your daughter to go into it?” in the way they might if the work in question was medicine or law or teaching?
 How did the most extreme fringes of sexual practice and fetish become mainstream and even sacralized?
 Normally, people are suspicious of exceedingly fortunate circumstances that occur against a backdrop of low probability. So why are there so many who believe that their religion – out of the hundreds on earth – just happens to be the only true one?
 How can one supernatural belief have greater credibility than another when the evidence for any and all of them is identical?
 Will our Covid-19 experience dampen enthusiasm for densely populated urban living and public transportation?
 Why is weather never evidence that climate change isn’t happening, but always evidence that it is happening?
 Unless one is an on-call doctor or fireman, why would you want to be always available, generally speaking?