A friend asked me to blog about key lime pie. So here I go.
First of all, why do we call it KEY lime pie? Why are key limes so different from normal limes? According to Wikipedia, key limes have a more tart and bitter flavor, and that makes them more unique, and apparently, more delicious. I’ve never actually compared different types of limes, so I wouldn’t know.
But that leads me to a different thing that will take this from a blog about the mundane topic of food to the deeper topics of philosophy! Yay for philosophy! Sorry (insert name of friend who asked me to write about key lime pie), this might not be the direction you believed this post would take, but it’s my blog, so HA!
Okay. I was thinking about how I said that the key lime’s unique flavor makes it delicious. If you apply that to humanity, you could say that as a species, we value uniqueness and originality. Now, given our history, you may not think this. You see, there is this little thing called racism, and it tends to do the opposite of valuing differences: racism tries to get rid of people who don’ t look like you. But think about this: if we didn’t value uniqueness, would we have different clothes the way we do? Different houses? What about art and music? If we didn’t value uniqueness, we wouldn’t create. That is one of the beautiful distinctions of humanity: our creativity.
We are all different; of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, you are uniquely you. ISN’T THAT SO COOL? Sorry, that was off topic. But everybody is special, and as cliché as that sounds, it’s true. Recently, I’ve become only slightly obsessed with personality types. They’re so cool, and if you share my fascination, tell me so that we can be nerds together. But it’s kind of interesting that we can take all of the crazy, wacky, uniquely-you personalities of the world and try to confine them to only 16 personality types. Though, it is kind of creepy when you read your type, and you say, “OHMYGOSH MIND READING IS OFFICIALLY POSSIBLE!” Why am I getting so off-topic today? Sorry about that. Okay, so all of our brains are different, despite what we think after reading our personality types, and so that gives us the ability to contribute ideas to the world that are uniquely ours. Okay, that sounded weird. Let me rephrase that. We are all different from each other, which makes us all creative in our own special way. Our brains love to create, to innovate.
And because we love uniqueness, we do create. The wheel, the printing press, the smallpox vaccine, the Mona Lisa, Ziploc bags, facebook, modern art made out of wire hangers from our closet, jazz, Doctor Who. The list could go on and on and on and on… And we love these things! Actually, we don’t love all of these things, which is why we create our own version of it! You don’t like country, so you decide to write hard rock songs. My sister doesn’t enjoy modern art, but she’s an awesome photographer. We are all so different, but that is what makes us amazing. And, as I’ve said in other blog posts, we are loving creatures. As humans, we love other people, and we love to love them. And we love them (I know I said love waaaaay too many times, sorry) because they are different from us! If I was stuck with a million me’s forever, I would probably go crazy. But if you were in the same position, so would you. We love our differences, even though so many things tell us that that we shouldn’t. We love uniqueness so much that they even decided to make a pie out of a bitter, tart lime.
But it tastes delicious, so I’m glad they did.