Last week, we posed a Would You Rather from the Master Of Would You Rather, Jim Real. Jim asked: Would You Rather be a crime-fighting dinosaur, or have free brunch for life?
Debate in the comments thread was hot and heavy, with many important points being made. Andrey set the tone with a thoughtful essay which began “This set of choices is deceptive, at first. One one hand, you have a choice that incorporates both dinosaurs (awesome) and crime-fighting (if not awesome, then certainly b’dass.)”
Jeff T asked an important question: does this dino have a dino brain, or the brain of a man? The answer was the brain of a man. His crimefighting is as effective as Batman.
An anonymous poster and David Lifton agreed that while free brunch was tempting, let’s face it, a dino can get whatever it wants.
It was a compelling debate. Now, it’s time for the answer.
Why? Jim explains it thusly:
…the most critical downside of dino crime fighter is this: you’re a dino living in a man’s world. Although bringing the heavily padded/clawed foot of justice to wrong doers will make you generally well loved and respected, as the only dino you may also (probably inevitably) become lonely and feel alienated, leading to depression and detachment, and not to mention you’d be generally illsuited at every other aspect of daily life (besides crime fighting).
There would you find friendship and love? The life of a crime-fighter is lonely, and the closest friends you could hope to have are the irrascible commissioner of police and the government scientists. All you have is the dino-cave and your work, and when it comes down to it, that’s just not enough.
Or as Matt put it eloquently: “Which comes with melon? Once you answer that, there’s really no question at all.”