secret genius

There’s a bulletin board outside a community centre on Hastings Street. It often has event reminders, registration dates, or other messages geared towards people who live in the area and use the centre. Sometimes, like right now, it contains a quote meant to lift your spirits, or inspire you to do great things, or go blind with seething rage every time you pass it on the street.

The quote on board reads:

TO ERE IS HUMAN
TO FORGIVE IS DIVINE

.. you see the problem here: it should read “to ERR is human”. As it stands now, the quote means “to before is human” which makes no sense. Someone goofed, and the word nerd in me wants their head on a platter. It’s a huge mistake.

OR IS IT?

The message is about forgiving the mistakes of your fellow man. What if the error (no pun intended) is intentional? What if they’re trying to tell me to calm the fuck down and untwist my panties and realize that mistakes will happen and I won’t stop breathing because of a minor spelling error no matter how enraging it may be? What if the bulletin board is made of Inception and the misspelling is simply another layer of the dream? Is this the Matrix? Is it all connected? Is the sign maker actually a genius and I a fool for my initial rage?

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE ANYMORE

NOT SURE OF ANYTHING

NOT SURE OF ANYTHING

My head hurts.

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