After watching the new Star Wars movie (I forget the name. Something like “Return of the Revenge of the Attack of the Strikes Back” or something.) my 8-year old son mused “Y’know, you don’t see many people sleeping in Star Wars.”
Did I mention that my 8-year old son has a mind that randomly generates thoughts and comments? One day I will write about his mulch joke.
And since I have a mind that enjoys and engages randomly generated thoughts and comments (like father like son) I immediately came back with “There’s that scene with Princess Leia in the 4th movie when she’s in that cell after being captured by Darth Vader and Luke, in a Storm Trooper outfit, wakes her up.”
With that my 11-year old son, who also has a mind that randomly generates thoughts and comments, rattled off several other “sleeping” scenes in other Star Wars movies.
So, as I will one day publish the mulch joke, I will also write about several instances where our family sits around the dinner table and our entire conversation is made up of quotes from “The Lord of the Rings.”
At what point in our swiftly tilting culture did the word “absolutely” replace the “Let your yes be yes?”
Regardless of the context in which “absolutely” is used, I am reminded of the great adventurer and philosopher I. Montoya who said “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
When I hear someone say “absolutely” I want to say in response, “Prepare to die,” another of Montoya’s quotable quotes. But then there are people who would accuse me of using pop culture to battle pop culture, and the possibility of a climactic implosion and its resulting mess is almost too horrifying to imagine. Yes Professor Barnhardt, “Such power exists.”
Absolutely means “with no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally.” As they say, “emphasis mine.”
So is “absolutely” the new “totally,” which harkens us back to the dark ages of our culture when Bill and Ted were our guides to the beginnings of our brave new world? Shall we remake our world and say that our sixteenth president, a truly righteous dude, actually said “Fourscore and….seven minutes ago, we, your forefathers, were brought forth upon a most excellent adventure, conceived by our new friends: Bill and Ted. These two great gentlemen are dedicated to a proposition, which was true in my time, just as it’s true today. Be excellent to each other….and….PARTY ON, DUDES!”
No. “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
That’ll wake you up!