I usually ignore things like this, but the internet itself is an exception I would make.
I would like to make an unusual toast though, but more on that later.
We should be thankful that the internet opened up to the world and didn’t remain some silly govt project. And in spite of naysayers like Krugman who said that it’s impact on the economy would be no greater than the FAX machine, it has blossomed into this most wondrous thing.
I am truly grateful to the internet for the people it has helped me connect with, for the life it has made easier, for all the education and knowledge it has put within my reach for free, thus liberating me from my country’s vile, , intellectually stunting education system.
So here is my unusual toast.
I would obviously like to thank Sir Tim Berners -Lee and other pioneers, but I would also like to thank all the internet companies, that took dangerous risks on their own self to venture into unseen, unknown territories. Without them, their courage, their ingenuity, the internet would have remained but a govt project.
I call this an unusual toast because it is unfashionable, politically correct even, to thank businessmen, who are seen and portrayed as nothing more than greedy, evil pricks, but it is undeniable that, without them, a third world person like me wouldn’t have had the chance to afford such a wonderful tool. So I wish these people, these entrepreneurs, all the best in the ventures, may they take more such risks, and make the internet even better.
A 2 year old whose head was shaved (for god knows what reason) and his mother were arguing about how he should eat more vegetables to grow big and strong. The kid was adamant and rejected his mother requests with stern, exclamatory head shakes.
As he fervently shakes his head in agonizing NOPES!, he notices me, stops and blankly stares at me TOWERING over him into the stratosphere and my shiny chrome dome of a head.
I realize the immense responsibility that has been suddenly thrust upon me, make my handsomest handsome man face, and do my best ” That’s right kid, if you eat your vegetables, you’ll grow up to be big and strong and bald like me.”slow nod.
The kid stops troubling his clueless mother who hadn’t seen the magic that had just transpired, and calmly heads home with her.
I had touched the child in the appropriate and only way that a strange, grown-ass man should.