Greetings and salutations, my fellow scholars. I have a special treat for you today. Please remain seated and enjoy this moment. I won’t take much of your time.
I have been nominated, by a peer, for the esteemed Liebster Award. It is, without a question, a great honor.
Now, you know me. I am not one to simply accept an accommodation, bow, thank the Lord, my parents, the academy, and then shuffle off into the night. No, I have prepared a speech. More than speech, a history lesson. I told you; you know me.
The Liebster Award, as far as I can discern, was first introduced in 2011. No one seems to know who first introduced it. For more than 6 years now, however, it has endured. It is a German word, is Liebster, and it seems to mean “dearest.” It is with dearest respect, then, that I accept this nomination.
The rules of the Liebster Award are quite simple, though they can vary. The gist of it is: post a picture of the award on your blog, thank the presenter who chose you for the award (thank you, Bojana!), honestly answer the unique questions they have posted for you, come up with unique questions of your own, and select other bloggers for the award.
Of course, as unique as Tom is, whenever he’s truly being Tom, he will put his own spin upon said nomination, and probably fly a little outside the box by the end of this.
But, I promised to be brief, so let’s begin…
Bojana’s questions, to Tom:
- Garfield or Oggy?
- Garfield I am intimately familiar with, or at least somewhat from newspaper comics in my youth. He’s that fat, orange, lazy cat. Oggy I was completely stymied by. In fact, at first, I thought it might be the name of Garfield’s owner, but it is not (turns out to be Jon; but, really, who owned who there?). Oggy is “an anthropomorphic blue cat” who also appears to be lazy and insatiable in his eating habits. However, his foil is not his owner, but three cockroaches named after members of the Ramones, who like to make his life miserable. The slapstick nature of the show is reminiscent of Tom and Jerry. Now, if given a third option of cats, I would most certainly choose “Tom.” Therefore, although having never experienced Oggy before, I choose Oggy over Garfield. Say you didn’t see that coming.
- Hot or sour (coffee or tea)?
- The hotter the better. If you give me salsa, I will pour sriracha in it. I want to lose my taste buds as I eat my taco. Always hot. I do not like tea. At all. (Except for Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka, if that counts). Coffee, on the other hand, is one of my three daily liquid indulgences: coffee in the morning (lots of it), water all day (lots of it), beer in the evening (sometimes, lots of it). So, hot. And coffee.
- Horror or thriller?
- When I was younger I did like horror shows. They lost their flavor, with me, some time in my 20’s, and that never came back. I really liked Thriller in the 80’s, and often tried to emulate Michael Jackson when alone. I was not good at it. Now, I mostly watch football or superhero shows, but if I had to sit through a horror or a thriller, I would certainly choose the latter. Especially if it was a superhero thriller, with a football in it.
- Beer or wine?
- Very likely, I do not need to elaborate on this question beyond saying “cold” and “beer.” But I will say that I do occasionally enjoy a good bottle of wine. I meant glass, glass of wine. I prefer red.
- The Sun or the Moon?
- I definitely prefer Apollo to Artemis, Helios to Selene, Ra to Khonsu. I like the day, better than the night. There is no better time in the day than the hour in the morning as the moon takes its leave and the sun rises to glory. I like rain, too, though, so days when the sun hides away are cool, too.
- The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
- Oh my! I respect all that the Beatles have done, and love some of their music like no other, but I’ve definitely listened to more Stones in my time. I call it a wash. They both have their place. Big on Mick, big on John and Paul. Legends, all.
- Butch Cassidy or the Sundance Kid?
- I have never seen this movie. Is it a thriller?
If I understand the rules correctly, I am mostly halfway there. And, now, the twist:
I nominate… everyone.
Now, I have many reasons to skirt these rules. First, I do detest chain letters (or social media chain posts). Although I never mind being put on the spot – I thrive on the spot – I am generally against putting others in a compromising position. However, I do make exceptions.
But, as I look over my list of possibilities, I realize that most of my favorite young bloggers (a) have already been Lieber’d before, or (b) are not in a position to yet select others to chain. And if the buck is going to stop with them, anyway, let the buck stop with me.
So, what I ask, instead, is that everyone consider the following list of 7 questions and respond to me below with your heartfelt answers. Yes, even you, Bojana. 😉
Without further adieu:
- According to Harari, what separates man from beast is man’s ability to create stories that unite us into larger and more formidable numbers than any other creature on Earth. It may also be what separates our large groups from one another. Throughout history, man has created these stories and mythologies to not only explain nature, but to unite peoples. Of the hundreds of thousands of gods man has created, do you still believe in one? If so, why? Have you ever considered this question before?
- By the same notion, we create more than just gods, we create imaginary borders and mythical unions called “nations.” We then exalt our own nation as the greatest one. Do you believe your nation is the greatest one? If so, why?
- Take this quiz. Report back to me your coordinates on the grid. If you’ve taken it before, please do so again. Were you surprised by your results? If you took it before, have your results changed?
- Do you believe that man has ever stepped foot on the moon?
- Is Bigfoot real?
- If we are on the verge of technology that would allow a human life to continue indefinitely, as some believe, would you choose to do so?
- If we are on the verge of technological and societal achievements that would allow us to feed, clothe, and shelter all human beings on Earth at zero cost, as some believe, should we do so?
Again, I would like to thank Bojana for this Liebster Award nomination, and for allowing me to take this opportunity to provide answers and select questions. I don’t know if I will win this award that I was nominated for, since I didn’t explicitly follow the rules, but if I do I promise to share it with all mankind. I’ll even take you all to the moon.
And now, you be you. All of you.