Friday, March 7, 2014

Re-defining cake

A somewhat better analogy would be this: A patron says to the waiter, "I would like to have that cake over there." The waiter turns to where he is pointing and is puzzled. "What cake?" asks the waiter. "That cake, there, over there," the patron says with increasing insistence and resolve. The waiter says, "I'm sorry, sir, but I don't see a cake." The patron now gets noticeably irate, "That cake right there in front of your eyes, dangit!" The waiter looks long and hard and finally says, "That's just butter." The patron has now risen from his seat and jumps up and down, yelling, "Butter is an ingredient of a cake, you idiot. Therefore, it's a cake. Say it's a cake. Say it's a cake. For the love of Rawls, say that it is a cake, damn you!"

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