Because tonight is Halloween and there’s nothing going on out there (until it gets dark!), we shall take advantage of the news lull to present another challenge to you, dear reader.
All Star Trek fans are familiar with the Vulcans — especially Mr. Spock — and their well-known greeting, “Live long and prosper,” accompanied by a raised hand with the four fingers separated in the middle. You also know that the Vulcans are a logical people, not given to superstitions and emotionalism. Obviously, there are no creationist Vulcans.
That brings us to today’s challenge. Assume that a Vulcan meets a human who is known to be a creationist — perhaps a Discoveroid, or maybe ol’ Hambo himself. The Vulcan wouldn’t say something crude, like wishing him a brief and ignorant lifespan. We imagine it would be more elevated, like: “Live long, but for naught.”
You can do better than that, so the form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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