Friday, December 29, 2006

The Question We Have All Been Asking

The following question was posed to me by author Chuck Klosterman in his book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Easily the most interesting question asked of me in the last week and a half. By the way, you can pick up this book here...be warned though, if this book was a movie it may have an NC-17 rating.

Let us a assume a fully grown, completely healthy Clydesdale horse has his hooves shackled to the ground while his head is held in place with thick rope. He is conscious and standing upright, but completely immobile. And let us assume - for some reason - every political prisoner on earth (as cited by Amnesty International) will be released from captivity if you can kick this horse to death in less then twenty minutes. You are allowed to wear steel-toed boots. Would you attempt to do this?


Happy New Years!
Live from beautiful Comox Valley, BC
-Jer

4 comments:

Boomer said...

Wow, how did you know? I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't asked myself this question.

And how dare you try and manipulate me with the horse and associated horse baby. I would kick the crap out of that horse.

Happy New Year.

jeremy postal said...

I thought the baby hourse would sway the tide a wee bit....obviously not you. Sicko.

Derwyn said...

Simple answer: kick the snot outta the horse. Humans are worth more than animals.

Complicated answer: would this mean that, if he had not been hanged, Saddam Hussein or other guys like him would be released as well? Are we assuming that all political prisoners are unjustly held? Justice can be harsh but is necessary. But if we're dealing with injustice across the board, the answer is easy.

More complicated answer: so if half the political prisoners were justly incarcerated and half were unjustly incarcerated...I'd say that this scenario would never really be offered to me anyway, so I'll abstain...

Steve said...

"It's like kicking a dead horse."

Hm. To kick, or not to kick.
Should others suffer for the things I've done wrong, or suffer for what people have accused me of doing wrong?
Is it my place to decide who lives and who dies?
It can be, but really, I'm not the ultimate judge.
And that would mean I'm taking things into my own hands if I kcik this horse, and not relying on God's will to be done completely and allow him to control events rather than me.
So, for my bible college answer, I'd say no.

However, in another sense, I'll say yes. Why? I hate those massive horses because you can't ride them. Plus, they could make lots o' glue, and then they could be contributing to the needs of society (including children from preschool all the way to grade 7).
NOt to mention to see the anarchy and mayham that would ensue if such a thing did ensue would be hilarious.
Time for some of that them-thar horse kick'n.