As I write this, I am at a table for four at the North York Central Library.  I am not alone.  I was alone with three empty places, but four young women from the Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts just took up the three spaces, and added a fourth at the end of the table.  They have their text and notebooks open, but are devoting their energy to talking and laughing and farting around on their phones.

How would these young women behave if the sign on the table read:  MAKE NOISE!  TALK!  LAUGH!  PLAY WITH YOUR PHONES! ?   Because they are human, they would likely sit quietly and study thinking, “These rules and signs are for other people, and do not apply to us.”

When I was in high school, just after Cog invented the wheel, the school provided places where students could study and work on projects together after school.  There was the school’s library, cafeteria, and some large classrooms.  Don’t high schools today provide places for after-school study?   If they do, then many students don’t use them.  These students would rather invade a library and disturb the peace.

Oh?  What’s this?  The invaders are leaving.  But it’s only been 90 minutes of noise making.  Is it time for them to disturb  some other part of Paradise?

Goodbye kids.  Thanks for giving me something to write about.


About Gary Johnston

I am an imaginary number -- a symbol used to count and measure. As Senior Imaginary Number at Einstein Equations Incorporated, I facilitate the calculation of the impossible.

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