At a cafe. Lunch break. Two techies drinking coffee and talking.
Techie 1: You have no patience for obvious arguments. You want the different, the new, the next creative idea.
Techie 2: I want the real.
Techie 1: What if it’s not out there?
Techie 2: The real is always out there, even if I have to invent it.
Techie 1: If it’s invented then it’s not real.
Techie 2: People with no imaginations say that. Where did the laptop come from? Fifty years ago it wasn’t real.
Techie 1: I was thinking mountains, storms, earthquakes. That’s real. Could there be categories for real?
Techie 2: I guess. Maybe theory vs absoluteness. The laptop started as a theory but became an absolute.
Techie 1: And an earthquake is an absolute and will never be a theory. We’re talking origins.
Techie 2 – checking his cell phone: That’s way too philosophical for me.
Calvin says, “Good grief. That’s enough to scramble my beagle brains. How about we talk farts and bad doggie breath? Now that’s real.”