Two Kinds of People
The world is split into two distinct groups.
This realization came to me recently after my iPod—supposedly using a random song selection procedure—popped up two oddly similar tunes in a row for me.
The first, Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Insane,” includes the line: “Two kinds of people in this world/Winners, losers.”
Immediately after, I heard a song entirely about the concept, Rush’s “Half the World,” with lyrics like:
Half the world hates what half the world does every day
Half the world waits while half gets on with it anyway
Half the world lives, half the world makes
Half the world gives while the other half takes
And it wouldn’t stop. Revelations blinded me as I opened my ears and eyes, confirming that there are indeed two kinds of people. With thanks to Amazon.com (for having pages to link to), here are some examples:
- There are those who allow their emotions to control them … and those who seek to master their lives.
- There are those who believe in conspiracy theories because they think that big consequences must have big causes and/or that correlation implies causation … and those who realize that these are logical fallacies—and that the simplest explanation is almost always the correct the one.
- There are those who trust in their ability to predict major events … and those who thrive by recognizing their inability to predict major events.
- There are those who value people’s “right” not to be offended more than people’s need to learn … and those who value fostering achievement more than making everyone feel good about themselves.
- There are those who get worked up about all kinds of things that could go wrong … and those who realize that, in the words of musical poet Steve Hackett, “Worrying is interest paid on trouble long before it’s due.”
What other divisions of people come to mind?