Why the Chicken Cross the Road?
Every decision brings with it some good, some bad, some lessons, and some luck.
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog — few people are interested, and the frog dies. E.B. White
No species survives long without a will to protect itself. “Although it was deemed appropriate at the time,” said Robert Oppenheimer, people will forever question whether it was correct for the chicken to cross the road. But as far as the chicken was concerned, traveling to the other side was the better choice. Then, of course, you might question the chicken’s moral knowledge and wonder philosophically why the other side of the road would be better than the side he was already on. Since consciousness is a complex thing to grasp, one could even say, It’s the ultimate mystery.
This is why we don’t understand what it is to be aware or even what awareness means. And the fact that there is something aware of those things is mindboggling.
It’s not noticeable for us to understand what it would mean for things to exist if nothing was aware of them.
It’s almost incomprehensible in some sense to say there’s something but no one to register it.
Well, is there something there?
Albert Einstein explains, “The chicken did not cross the road. Instead, the road passed beneath the chicken.”
For me, it’s another way of saying it’s easier to change your surrounding than yourself. Or, as Ryan Holiday put it, “Sometimes physical courage is required to protect moral courage.”
Any attempt at action is better than inaction. “In life and war,” Writes Cicero. One should choose the stronger side and calculate the better safe course.”
Courage is about risk, but only the necessary and carefully considered risk.
We’re not at the mercy of forces beyond our control. It’s on us to get moving, to not resting on our laurels, and risk being vulnerable to greater causes.