July 31, 2019
In college, my friend Lisa posed a query involving trains and airplanes. "Which is more powerful?"—a question that can be answered in more than one way. If, say, an airplane crashes right in the path of a train, then you have one answer. But the plane is destroyed as well, so who would have "won" there? If an airplane attempting to take off gets stuck on a railway then a speeding train decimates it, did any of them "win"? Is winning tantamount to power? Lisa gave up asking me and just asked that we go home. So we did.