Friday, September 11, 2009


Today, while I was mulling over some seemingly complex problem concerning one of my classes, for some reason it suddenly came to me that the planet upon which I was pondering this supposedly serious problem was traveling through space at unbelievable rates of speed. I checked the Internet and found that, at the same time as I was wrestling with this dilemma about a lesson plan, the earth was rotating at 1,000 miles per hour and was circling the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. Not only that, while I was worrying myself into a tizzy about how to teach punctuation, the earth and the sun were circling the center of our galaxy at even higher rates of speed, and the entire galaxy was racing out to the edges of the universe at a thoroughly unimaginable speed. As I leaned back in my chair and thought about all this, somehow my problem became more like a joke, more like a silly story to laugh about while riding on a swiftly speeding planet.

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