Solipsism (from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self”) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist.
I love it, don’t you, when you perform some perfectly innocent, everyday action, and in the very same instant something somewhere else goes terribly wrong, and for just a moment you wish it was your fault?
It happened just now.
Grazing idly on the news fodder on the Yahoo! features pages, I clicked on the headline to some story I really wasn’t very interested in, only it’s Wednesday.
And instead of finding out:
- what the cute little puppy did next, or
- what the worst football goal was, ever, or
- which bit of Beyoncé’s Bum has gone viral today, or
- where Flight MH370 is now, or
- what an investment manager thinks the housing market is going to do next, or
- whose inadvertent nipple-slip has started World War 3? or
- where did the ghost car come from? or
- how many mysterious holes have opened up on which golf courses, or
- how many publicity miles have been clocked up overnight by the proliferating swarm of hyperinflated egobots called Kardashian, or
- which £10m house for sale has the most tasteless decor, or
- who are the Ten Most Scary Women in the World?, or
- which star you have never, ever heard of (and never will again) says she wants a bad boy to go to bed with? or
- why the Florida police won’t let us see the mugshots of Justin Bieber’s penis, or
- what the other cute little puppy did next,
… as I hit the link the screen immediately went blank and a reassuringly old-fashioned card flashed up (‘We interrupt this bulletin…’) telling me that something had gone a bit awry over at Yahoo! Central, but their horrifically maimed team of brave software engineers were nevertheless struggling manfully against appalling odds through smoke and shot to control the situation….
I felt like the guy at Chernobyl who just thought he would see what would happen if you press this…
I think I’ve broken Yahoo!