John Belushi is Dead

I am determined not to recognize any more strangers.  After that embarrassing incident with Eminem on the plane to New York, I have seen Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp and Justin Bieber (in a toilet).  This is getting ridiculous.

Then the worst thing happened.  I saw John Belushi.  This means I have recognized a stranger to be a famous person I have not met, who was not him, and who is actually dead.  In fact, John Belushi died in 1982, so he’s not even a recently dead person.  He therefore could not have been in McDonalds ordering a quarter-pounder with cheese and a coke.

Our brains do not cope well with the enormous scale of humanity that surrounds us.  Nor were we expected to travel to such horrendously distant places that we have no hope of seeing anyone we know.  Our brains expect us to be in a village of no more than a hundred people and therefore recognize everyone we meet.  I’ve noticed that the longer I go between seeing people I actually know, the more I recognize total strangers.

I am determined now to recognize no one at all.  Please do not be offended, therefore, if I know you and ignore you.  It’s for my own sanity.  It’s me, not you.

Comments

  1. You are very funny. 🙂 I loved these lines:

    “This means I have recognized a stranger to be a famous person I have not met, who was not him, and who is actually dead.”

    “Our brains expect us to be in a village of no more than a hundred people and therefore recognize everyone we meet.”

    “I am determined now to recognize no one at all.” … Unfortunately, people will probably still recognize you. But likely not John Belushi.

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