My wife has been freaking out the past day and a half. “The Rodent is loose!” is what I woke up to the other morning. Technically it is a rodent, but to my girls it is their beloved Penelope, a Panda hamster.
So, after looking high and low (mostly real low) we set a trap. Although my wife has threatened to set a mouse trap before, we agreed to go with something a little less traumatic on the girls. The trap consists of our mop bucket set on a lower step, and old towel in the bottom, some irresistible lettuce and carrots, and a ramp leading to the rim.
The idea behind it is that Penelope will smell her favorite cuisine, climb the ramp, jump down on the soft towel, eat the food, and not be able to scale the high, slippery sides of the bucket. It worked flawlessly. It worked flawlessly because Penelope did not plan ahead and was greedy. She did not think about what she would do after she plunged for the produce. The only thing on her mind was immediate satisfaction. She did not weigh the risks. She was limited by “Penelope intelligence”.
Although most Americans are not limited by “Penelope intelligence” they sure act like it. Take for example the recent troubles with home loans. People have made decisions with self-imposed limited foresight and are now paying the price. They plunged after the produce without thinking about their next step.
My father-in-law, whom I love and respect very much, would put the brunt of the blame on the government –specifically a certain political party. But I have to ask why aren’t the individual people who put their signatures on the loan papers responsible? They knew the risks just like everyone else, and yet chose only to focus on the carrots.
Speaking of focusing on the carrots . . . what’s the next step for you after this life?