Senior Perspective: Jimmy Midkiff

Have you seen the movie Rubber (2010)?  Don’t let your thoughts go astray here please, because I do have a legitimate point.  Anyway, the movie, which depicts a homicidal car tire’s destructive rampage during which it murders innocent people via cranial explosion, presents the viewer with a very under-valued concept in modern society:  that of no reason.  As the devious Detective Chad illuminatingly explains while he is in hot pursuit of the tire,

In the Steven Spielberg movie ‘E.T.,’ why is the alien brown? No reason. … In the excellent ‘Chain Saw Massacre’ by Tobe Hooper, why don’t we ever see the characters go to the bathroom, or wash their hands, like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason!” 

Now certainly this principle should not be applied to every moment in life; it is reasonable and admirable to attain good grades for college in order to obtain a secure and rewarding career.  Yet, in some of our smaller, less significant decisions in life, why should we cling to our habitual routines and logic like white pet hair to a black sweatshirt?  Only by breaking out, trying something spontaneous as a whim of the moment may we truly discover something which we may otherwise have glossed over in the pursuit of our more “reasonable” objectives.

For me, high school has been simply the beginning of a life alive with no reason.  (Why did I use the word alive?  No reason.)  To some people, I am simply studious; to others, I am simply athletic.  Yet to a different group, I am the person who, for no reason, burned Mike and Ike’s in QPS, jumped out a window in English class, wore a tank top while carrying a medieval sword throughout school, or learned an obscure alphabet.  Though indeed, the more reasonable decisions we make in life will better set us on the path to success, I fully believe that the small, “no-reason” things we do in life are what define us.