Thursday, February 19, 2009
On Saturday the BBC brought us this vertiginous story:
An American woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's longest fingernails has had them broken off in a car crash.
Lee Redmond from Salt Lake City, Utah, had not cut her nails since 1979. Their combined length was more than 28ft (8.5m), with the longest nail - on her right thumb - measuring 2ft 11in (89cm), Guinness said.
….Her nails were "damaged beyond repair", according to the Guinness World Records website. The organisation said she had been a "fantastic ambassador" for them, and that her nails had been "a fundamental part of her life and unique character".
What is your reaction to the story of the lady who was, until very recently, Lee Redmond, Fingernail World Record Holder from Utah, and is now just plain Lee Redmond from Utah?
Select one or more from the following:
A) A burst of cruel laughter
B) A wave of sympathy, possibly accompanied by a sense of guilt for your initial reaction (A)
C) A gloomy philosophical reverie about what it means to be a human and the quest for meaning and identity in a vast, anonymous universe
D) A calm acceptance of the implacability of fate
My analysis would be as follows:
A is a natural human reaction, so don’t worry about it… unless you didn’t subsequently make it to B, in which case you are probably a psychopath. If you went straight from A to C then you are a narcissist and if straight from A to D then you might well be an Elberry, which is unusual.
The healthiest sequence would therefore be A then B then C. Making that last leap from C to D will require years of Zen training.
The final stage E is, of course, Enlightenment. For this lesson we thank you, former world record fingernail lady.
Posted by Brit at 2/19/2009