Butting In

I’ve been on vacation, and therefore too sluggish to write. Or slug-like, at least.

But I did get a chance to check out that bastion of excellent pop-media magazines, TIME.
(By the way, did you notice that TIME magazine’s site is actually www.time.com? Wouldn’t you think that such an impressive domain name would go to some person or institution who dealt with – I don’t know – time? Just my opinion. Then again, it is a magazine whose title is in ALL CAPS, as you can see on its cover as well as its website. That must count for something.)

So, anyway…where was I? Ah, yes, the article in TIME. This article was discussing happiness. I found it rather interesting, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars. Or, rather, I was going to do so, until I came across the following (completely unaltered) quote:

Asking people how happy they are, Kahneman contends, “is very much like asking them about the colonoscopy after it’s over. There’s a lot that escapes them.”

Did you catch that? I promise I’m not making this up. Ok, well maybe a bit of context would help you, but I changed nothing in this quote. In case you missed it, let’s look at it again:

Asking people how happy they are, Kahneman contends, “is very much like asking them about the colonoscopy after it’s over. There’s a lot that escapes them.”

I’m not sure what to say. Understand that this guy Daniel Kahneman is, according to the article, a Nobel-Prize-winning psychologist from Princeton University. Did he really just compare happiness to a colonoscopy? Did he honestly juxtapose a general feeling of elation and joy with one of the most uncomfortable medical procedures performed in a regular checkup? If this isn’t one of the signs of the apocalypse, I don’t know what is. Ok, maybe a heavenly rain of fire and brimstone upon the wicked. But in terms of pre-brimstone signs, I’d say that happiness-colonoscopy comparisons are right up there.

And furthermore, the double entendre there is just sick. (Go back and read it again. You’ll get it. Then you’ll wrinkle your nose in disgust.) I can’t touch that one. Not with a ten-foot pole, not with anything. I mean, I’m beside myself. Heck, I’m behind myself. You’d have to be some sort of uncaring bum to use people who need colonoscopies as the the butt of your jokes. Making fun of poor souls such as those is crueler than pulling an old dog’s tail. Sick, sick, sick.

4 Responses to “Butting In”

  1. The Lump says:

    sick sick sick BUNS whoops i ment sick sick sick puns. I am sorry that I was just possesed by a random spurt of dislexica.

  2. Karen says:

    so, i read this article as well – noticed the quote, lauged at the grossnes and moved on…..note: i did not feel the need to rub other people’s faces in it! (ew, i just realized what i said)

    however, next time you fee like CRACKING a few butt jokes, dont be such a SMART ASS…pull up your pants for petes sake!


  3. Ari says:

    By the way, kahneman is actually Israeli. And Jewish. He taught at Hebrew U for a while, with his famous counterpart, Amos Tversky (now deceased). He’s quite well known in his field.

  4. Eli says:

    I like the new layout. But I feel that I’ve seen that line about happiness and colonoscopies ridiculed elsewhere. Dave Barry, maybe? Not sure.

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