The Quest for the Illusive “They”

My twin brother, Jim has a great sense of humor. He can be extremely quick with a comeback and is very witty at times. He’s had me rolling on the floor with laughter more than once. A particularly memorable time in Branson comes to mind when I laughed so hard at one of his off-handed comments, I about peed my pants. Sometimes, it isn’t what he says but more the way he says it that sends me into a fit of guffaws. Through the years, Jim has sent emails that made me laugh out loud and marvel at his insight and wit. At one time I was printing these little gems out and saving them but, alas, two moves later I’ve lost them.

Recently, Jim had a bout with pneumonia. He’s recovering now but still has health issues that make me cringe. We were emailing back and forth last Friday discussing this very fact when I made the comment, “They say it takes time to recover from pneumonia but then again, who are “They?” Here is Jim’s reply:
Exactly???? Who are they???? Inquiring minds want to know, who are they, why are they, where are they? I want to meet “they”. Shake hands with them, talk to them, kinda a meet and greet kinda of a meeting. Are they old? Are they young? Male? female? Kids? Adults? Professors?

This sent me into a fit of giggles. I admit it’s funnier if you know Jim and his voice, which I do. I could hear him in my ear as plain as if he was sitting beside me. We decided the Burkett Twins needed to go on a quest. The Quest for the Illusive “They.”

Quests have been around for centuries. Don Quixote went on a quest for the “fight for the right without question,” and ended up finding the Impossible Dream. Of course the quest for the Holy Grail is quite well known. In fact, this “Grail Quest” was the basis behind the movie, The Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks. Indiana Jones went on his own quest for the grail as well. He even found the illusive vessel, but as quests so often go, the cup was lost again. Why? Because in my opinion, it’s the journey and the search that is more important than the actual finding.

But back to question: Who are “They?” Why do we put so much stock in what “They” say and think? Who came up with “They” in the first place?” Is “They” just a convenient way of explaining the hows and whys of things? Is “They” fake news? What happens if we don’t follow the rules and regs of “They?”

Hmm . . . think for ourselves?” Now, that would be a quest!

Jim and I probably won’t be fighting any windmills is this “They Quest” but that doesn’t mean we won’t be challenging the norm. Perhaps we’ll even uncover the mystery behind “They.” Of course, “They” say this can’t be done and we’re just wasting our time. We draw our swords and charge forward anyway. Because, after all . . .

What do “They” know?

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3 Responses to The Quest for the Illusive “They”

  1. To answer Jim’s question, no one has posed a better answer than Ambrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary. “They” are idiots:
    “IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions of opinion and taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.”
    And speedy revovery, Jim!

  2. truthsbyruth says:

    hahahahhaa. good one

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