As I approach my planned retirement and begin the twilight years of my life, I realize there are way too many unanswered questions. Reflecting back on incidents in the past, I cannot help but wonder how the world would have changed if certain events took a different course. For example, back in 1960 Nikita Khrushchev, in a fit of rage, banged his shoe on a desk and threatened to bury us all. Those were scary times as we practiced air raid drills at school. Had Khrushchev made good on his threat and launched a nuclear attack, what would the world look like today? Fortunately that question remains unanswered. I wonder, if an unanswered question is answered, is it still a question?
There are a number of examples of unanswered questions of events through the latter part of the
20th century. For example, what if the Cuban Missile crisis had not be averted? What if John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated? What if the Generals, and not the politicians, had managed the Viet Nam War? What if Nixon was not a crook? What if John Lennon had survived? What became of the Cabbage Patch Kids? Did they grow up to be Cabbage Patch Adults? They would be in their thirties now. Why haven’t we hear from them? Would I be writing this blog if Bill Gates and Stephen Jobs had been talked into staying in college? I am sure they had that discussion with their fathers. What if Linux Torvald decided to waste his college years on fast cars and faster women? What if George Bush, after liberating Kuwait, had pursued the Iraqi Army into Baghdad? Would he be honored as a hero or dishonored as an aggressive war monger?
I suppose I could go on and on, question after question ad infinitum, but I am sure you get the idea. You probably have many unanswered questions of your own. As I lay awake at night, puzzling over all this there are two questions that keep bubbling up to the surface, two questions that over the years have intrigued me and cost me many hours of lost sleep and lost concentration. If these questions are ever answered, I can die a happy man. I only want to know, who put the bomp in the bobp bah bomp bah bomb, and most importantly I really, really want to know, who wrote the book of love?
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?