In a corollary to the ancient and incontestable rules of Rock, Paper, Scissors, this was recently exemplified in a Random Act of Vandalism. My friends Jeanne and Lauren were at the receiving end of the RAOV when their living room window was shattered by a flying log. With this new example, it has been proven once again that glass – even double-paned glass – will not stand against propelled-massive-stick-with-a-pointy-end. Though the propellant (or propeller?) has not yet been found by the police, nor a motive discovered (J&L had recently moved into the area and had not had time to build up the usual pool of enemies/arch-nemeses), no physical harm was caused. Hopefully they’ll get all that glass cleaned up and a new window in short order.
While discussing the matter with my co-worker Corina, I kept repeating the title phrase of this post to refute her comments concerning the smallness of the log, the strength of double-paned glass, and the possible results of the same situation with slightly different circumstances. What if the window had been triple-paned? Log beats glass. What if the log had been less pointy, or less forcefully propelled? Log beats glass. It just gets funnier every time you say it.
After several rounds of discussion, my repetition led me to another question. What other similar principles were actively present in our everyday lives without our notice? Of course, there are the obvious ones like soap beats dirt or overly large coat beats winter. Still, it makes me wonder at those truths that do not impinge on my consciousness, thought they are physically present and consistently true, without shattering consequences. Any ideas?