Dilbert Stumbles

Fanatic: noun: a person who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject.

A jerk: someone who can’t take a joke, doesn’t know when to let a wise crack slip by, turns everything into political commentary.

Scott Adams: one of the funniest men alive.

Okay. I don’t want to be a jerk, and I hope I’m not a fanatic, and Scott Adams is one of the funniest men alive (I think I have every one of his books, not to mention a Dilbert highlighter)

But in the article referred to in today’s featured articles, he wrote the following,

“If you look at the history of the world, almost any time we thought we knew something bad was going to happen AND we had years of warning, things turned out okay.

The human population did not outgrow the food supply.
Earth didn’t run out of oil in the eighties.
The Y2K problem was solved.
The Soviet Union didn’t nuke us.
Vietnam did not set off much of a domino effect.
AIDS hasn’t annihilated the hetero population in the U.S.”

I really want to accept his point. I don’t want to choke on that last line, despite the fact that AIDS has killed 25 million people, and that I can’t really see that as “working out ok,” just because the people who died conveniently weren’t heterosexual or weren’t American.

I do take his point.  And I don’t want to be a jerk.   But to me, I dunno’, somehow, that’s like saying the whole WWII thing worked out okay, ’cause you know, it was mostly Jews who were gassed.

Last year about half a million children died of AIDS;  so I’ll be the jerk and say that Scott, who I admire very much, blew that one. He was right, we had lots of warning, but he was wrong: AIDS didn’t turn out okay.