Two aliens on Earth were discussing the characteristics of Human Beings. E.T.(X) who arrived not too long ago posed the following questions to its counterpart E.T.(Y) who arrived many years earlier.
E.T. (X) : Why do babies crawl so fast?
E.T. (Y) : Unlike adults, they cannot run yet, so they do next best thing.
E.T. (X) : And why do kids run everywhere despite their parents’ plea for them to sit still?
E.T. (Y) : Well, kids have so much energy in them. As such, they are generally hyperactive.
E.T. (X) : Hmm… What about the adults? They seem to live a hectic life, running errands, chasing after their clients, chasing after material wealth, etc.. Why?
E.T. (Y) : At that stage, they feel they are running out of time, so they chase after the numerous goals they have set for themselves. In most cases, they feel that they are running late on their many schedules in life.
E.T. (X) : That is scary! But tell me, why do they stop when they become elderly people and start asking funny questions like “What is all this running about?”.
E.T. (Y) : Ha…ha.. That is the same question I had when I landed on Earth years ago. It is most definitely the mother of all Human ironies! You see, Human Beings are fast runners in life …. But unfortunately they are extremely slow learners. It takes them THAT long to finally acquire some form of wisdom before they start pondering the meaning of life!!!
E.T. (X) : That is SO hilarious! I think I am going to phone home right now, to share this cosmic joke with my family!