While I generally make it a point in life not to agree with Gilbert Arenas, he made a very strong point in a recent blog post that I think should qualify as a life rule.
We’re humans. We live on land.
Sharks live in water.
So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack.
A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.
Essentially Gilbert is trying to make the point that English linguistic misuses the word attack, suggesting that if something shouldn’t be somewhere it cannot be attacked. It is this type of logic that makes life worth living. Though we, as human beings, like to believe that we should have free reign over the earth I agree with Gilbert, we don’t. I say that if we stray somewhere that we shouldn’t be we cannot claim that we were attacked. I purpose that this be extended to all situations of trespassing and a life rule be created.
The only problem that I can see arising from this rule is that the (now-defunct) fox show “When Animals attack” will have to change it’s name to “When people invade an animals space.”