The other day I tried to call my sister and got a very strange recorded message: “due to
circumstances beyond our control, your call could not be completed”. Um…. okay. This struck me as funny as many things do and it made me wonder why my cell phone provider felt it necessary to blame something/someone else on the lost call. Why change the message from “your call cannot be completed” which is what I remember from past lost calls to “…due to circumstances beyond our control?” It’s not like I’m going to call up Verizon and demand to know just exactly WHO or WHAT was at fault. Maybe it would actually be worth a phone call after all. Maybe I could get to the bottom of that lost call. Maybe it was that Republican staffer who outfitted Sarah Palin?
After the urge to phone Verizon passed (I mean, another call could be lost and that would be a cryin’ shame), I thought about how “It’s not my fault” has sort of become our national slogan much like “I’m sorry” is the national slogan of Canada.” If I had my druthers, I would choose “I’m sorry” over “It’s not my fault” but it appears there’s only one slogan per country and ours has already stuck. Just take a look at pharmaceutical commercials. They have to let us know that if we take their drug and we’re cursed with chronic constipation or we wake up in the middle of a drug induced sleep and drive our car into a Wal-Mart light pole, it’s not their fault because they’ve already warned us this might happen. I can accept that, I suppose.
But here’s something to ponder: I fail to see the logic in a disclaimer about an erection lasting more than four hours. Is this a bad thing? I wonder.
(Word of the day: hubrisHYOO-bruhs, noun:
Overbearing pride or presumption.)
With dizzying hubris, soon-to-be ex-president George W. Bush announced that the current financial crisis was not his fault but rather due to circumstances beyond his control.