How often have we heard the phrase, “If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.”? Not that I believe it but let’s assume for the moment that it is the literal truth. First we must identify a “problem” and though many are inclined to answer ‘George W.’, I’d rather choose one more generic in nature. World hunger/poverty for instance. I think we could all agree that it is an identifiable problem. Opening the Sunday morning newspaper we read about the beginning of NFL spring training, Tiger’s next anticipated tournament and Landis declaring his innocence. But since they aren’t in any way contributing to the solution then by definition they are part of the problem. But wait you say, these individuals or their sponsoring organizational bodies donate gazillions each year to charity etc. OK, point taken but if so then they could all be replaced by a mid-level bank vice-president or C.P.A. who could transfer the money we pay to sports (remember you and I are pay the bills) directly to deserving recipients. This would also solve another problem; by freeing weekend afternoon TV broadcasters from forcing us to choose a sport they could show reruns of old Boris Karloff/Lon Chaney horror flicks allowing their descendants to benefit from additional royalties.
I forget, is LiveJournal Tralfamadorian for ‘problem’ or ‘solution’?