We could spend the whole day talking about the history of what has come to be known as Occam’s Razor, but that is for another article. Put simply, the theory of Occam’s Razor is that the simplest explanation tends to be the right one. That is what it is simplified to anyway. A more accurate explanation is that when a group of theories are proposed to explain the cause of something, the one that makes the fewest assumptions in its’ logic is most likely to be correct. Scientists have long used this as a mantra, dispelling such things as God and divinity. While that is a topic for another day as well, we at Common Sense Conspiracy do understand the concept and want to use it to illustrate a recurring theme in the conscious of mainstream people in the United States, and elsewhere.
An article we published here at the CSC became viral last week. We simply examined the epidemic of standing brooms. If you haven’t heard (and you probably have), there was a flurry of posts in social media about brooms that were standing up on their own. It is simply brooms standing up. It looks freaky. It looks weird. And it is terribly easy to do.
The explanations that were put forth only led to the insanity. People were looking for information about solar storms, planetary alignments, pole shifts, magic, Satanic worship, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. More than once, people commented on our article saying that there would only be a certain period of time when the brooms could be propped up in such a fashion so that they appear to stand on their own, many even citing very specific times when supposedly the planet alignment would end, gravity would shift, or any number of other theories. The truth is that you can prop up a broom and get it to stand up right now, just like you could last week. You can probably do several. You could even get an egg, a paintbrush, or a Coca Cola can to do the same, if you were willing to try hard enough. So, why such intrigue over an inanimate object that is so commonplace?
In our childhoods, we are exposed to fairy tales, cartoons, and the like, which quite often offer fantastical accounts of everyday life. It’s not a bad thing. It encourages our spirit to grow, to have dreams, and not just be locked in on the seemingly possible. It also creates a state in many of us to want to feel that wonder, marvel at something, to feel young again, to feel like everything you knew about the world just turned upside down. All your life, you saw brooms everywhere you went. In restaurants, shops, schools, warehouses, stores, you name it. Brooms are as common a tool as it gets. And yet, how many times in your whole life did you see one stand up on its own?
It’s not crazy. It’s not stupid. It’s human nature. We see that broom standing there, crazy, and we think, what could be the cause of it? What is the explanation for an ordinary broom standing up on its bristles in your living
room? It never happened before, right? Surely, there must be an explanation. A celestial event, something lining up in the stars to make something that once seemed impossible possible. People even clamor to figure out when it will end. They can’t accept the wonderment of having a broom stand on end without wondering why or when it will end?
And then there comes Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanation is usually the right one.
So, is the crazy broom story the result of a planetary alignment? Aliens coming? A magnetic pole shift that only affects brooms for some reason? Solar storms? Static electricity?
Or could it just be that a broom could always, at any time in history, be balanced on its end if the bristles were still relatively strong and the center of gravity could be found?
The simplest explanation tends to be the right one.
But wondering is healthy. It shows imagination, and a desire to see something greater than ourselves.