Sunday, March 19, 2006

Breakfast Philosophy or Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk

After two days of back to back 14 hour days - I start feeling a little metaphysical. So my brain while pawing through news of the day and the normal weekend drudgery came onto the question. What is worse: Pouring a bowl of cereal and opening the fridge to find there isn't any milk left, or pouring a bowl of cereal and then pouring a plop of chunky spoiled milk on top? I will entertain all interesting thoughts on the subject.
In both cases you have equal anticipation. Your hungry its early and a bowl full of sugared cereal would hit the spot. However the level of disappointment and blame is where the two scenarios differ.

In the first case of their being no milk, its immediate disappointment, since there is no milk your breakfast plans are ruined and you will most likely have to go to work or class hungry. However you have no one to blame but yourself, since you probably finished the milk and knew to buy more but just forgot, or didn't feel like running to the store, so you have no one to blame but yourself. However on the plus side you still have dry cereal you can eat, your meal isn't ruined, its just half assed.

In the second case the disappointment is greater because it is delayed. You have all the tools to create the meal, but one of them is tainted. The shock and dismay when that first clump of milk comes falling out is far greater then finding no milk at all. Also add in the stink of spoiled milk, and the situation is far worse. However you can place blame on others. You can blame yourself for letting the milk go bad, but you can also just as easily blame the cow, blame the dairy, and blame the supermarket that sold you the milk. If is not past its expiration date you may even be able to get a refund from the store. It's not your fault the milk is bad - so you can toss the meal knowing your free from any part of its failure.

So what is worse? Less disappointment and discomfort but all of the blame, or more disappointment and discomfort and none or some of the blame?


Anonymous Marisa said...

Worst Case Scenario: You pour in perfectly fresh milk, but some jackass left like 4 teaspoons of milk in the bottle, so now you don't even have the option of eating the cereal dry, its just unpleasantly damp

March 19, 2006 11:05 PM  

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