By a rather circuitous series of links, I recently found myself reading a blog post by the photographer Clayton Cubitt from May of last year. In said post, Mr. Cubitt relates a hypothesis by one, "Lovely Silvia, the crazy Transylvanian I met in Berlin" concerning the elimination of the "difficult moments between humans."
You can read her proposal here (it'll open in a new window). (While there are no pictures, it could be considered somewhat NSFW if your boss or an unsympathetic coworker happens to be looking over your shoulder while you're reading it.)
My first reaction, of course, was a reflexive "Fuck yeah!" Followed a few moments later by a somewhat less reflexive "WTF?" For as much as I'd like to believe that Silvia had, in fact, discovered the secret to the end of human conflict, it wasn't at all clear to me why this might be the case. What mechanism was she proposing? How and why exactly was this supposed to work? (I long ago learned the hard lesson that there is rarely a causal connection between wanting something to be true and its actually being true.) Was this in any way related to the reason that Mr. Cubitt referred to her as the "crazy" Transylvanian?
On the other hand, there is nothing short of the ultimate, ever-elusive goal of world peace at stake here. If there is any possibility, however small, that Silvia might be right, wouldn't it be irresponsible in the extreme not to at least test her hypothesis. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that adherence to the scientific method pretty much demands it.
So, in the interest of science, harmony, and world peace, how about it ladies?