I have been boycotting NPR ever since their rejection of Curiosity, Aroused. However, I have to admit that they have some good stuff once in a while. For example, a friend sent me a link to a recent episode of This American Life, entitled, “A Little Bit of Knowledge,” and I have to say, it was awesome.
The episode talks about a certain situation… I would describe it for you, but you really need to just click this link and listen for about four minutes. Just four minutes and then come back and we’ll talk.
Are you back yet? Good, now let’s take the jump and talk Modern Jackass!
Modern Jackass seems to be a very common behavior among us creatures known as teenagers. I have to admit that I’ve found myself in quite a number of these situations. Here’s one that leaps immediately to mind.
A few years ago I went to spend a week with my evangelical grandparents. I remember telling my grandmother that the Bible was sexist. I was sure that I would demolish any claim she might make. Then she started whipping out Bible verses to argue her case from pure memory. “Well, Cassie, God’s word in Galatians chapter 3, verse 28 says that in Christ there is neither male nor female. So God isn’t sexist!” She just went on and on pouring out more slickly interpreted scriptures to support her position. I remember just standing there and for once in my life I had nothing to say. Even though I knew I was right, I couldn’t remember all the scriptures that proved my point. I had no Internet to run to, no well researched argument, and I certainly never memorized the Bible. I was in trouble and it was horrible. I was in the land of Modern Jackass.
So skeptics, I want to hear some of your modern jackassary experiences. Come on, you know you want to share.