Tuesday April 24th 2012 Tim
Despite the great
sense it makes to me, I have decided against defining
"billionaire" as, "an accidental utterance from strands of DNA."
Such a definition could quickly misdirect the ambitious grandparent,
send him trooping to the laboratory for more reasons to drink. So
I'll reluctantly agree that it's better for everybody to define the
class of billionaire as, "crackpots who did well."
I had thought of putting a
"very" in front of the words, "did well." But the word "very"
rattles my intended meaning of "well," because "very" seems to give
"well" a place on a hierarchy of wellness. Which would not only
erroneously suggest that I intend "crackpot" and "wellness" to have some
sort of a symbiotic relationship, but might also suggest I had a
dogmatic grasp of what "well" might be.
But I do know that once a crackpot
enters the class of billionaire, they do not actually cease being crackpots.
Which is why I use the past tense "did" to imply that both "doing" and
"well," in the defining of billionaire, was a something that happened
yesterday, and which might not necessarily happen again.
The happier fact is that most "crackpots"
fall to that flaw a cracked pot is better known for, which is why a majority
of crackpots can be seen foddering around the edges of balance.
Perhaps even mumbling about space travel or mining gold or platinum from
passing asteroids as they push the cart through a grocery aisle.