Since the dawn of time, or the dawn of electricity, the eternal question of ‘does the light really stay on when you close the refrigerator door?’ has elicited even the most scholarly of persons to scratch their heads in collective wonder. The unknown is always a frightening journey and this one is no less daunting. The task of determining the answers to such life altering questions such as ‘if a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear it?’, ‘what is the true meaning of life?’ and ‘Why is Paris Hilton famous?’ has fallen to the most highly regarded intellects, revered for their intelligence and respected for their unique perspectives. All have made summations based on scientific fact or philosophical pondering, but none have determined the ultimate answer. Theories abound, yet citizens everywhere lie awake at night determined to discover the truth and unlock the secret to the eternal question.
The quest for the answer has begun quite similarly to the quest for the Holy Grail. The clues are right in one’s very own kitchen; the catch is to know what to look for. Every two year old on the planet has spent hours opening and closing the refrigerator door numerous times, staring blankly at the little light emanating from its depths wondering what it was doing there and is it still on keeping the Mini-Go’s from getting lonely? Alas, we continue to wonder the same thing. The light in the refrigerator has baffled many a genius, and two-year old alike, with its constant brilliance and warmth. The clues, all held in the surrounding tile floor of the kitchen, are hidden to the naked eye, but at closer glance reveal the true answer; the one solid reality that fails to be recognized. We only see the light in the refrigerator because we have been conditioned to see it. There isn’t one true light coming from the fridge, the light comes from the…oh, wait. I was about to divulge the secret. I can’t be held responsible for the ultimate secret being revealed to society at this juncture. I’m afraid the world can’t handle that kind to truth, or that kind of mind-blowing genius.
The Eternal Question of ‘does the light stay on or go off when you close the refrigerator door?’ will ultimately be answered by future generations. The brevity of such a revelation will transform the patterns of thought of philosophers and scientists alike for centuries. Until that discovery, the secret is safe with me….