dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On John's C-level grades and the centipede's dilemma.

So far, we've seen John haunting Canadian Tire like a ghost and bemoaning the cruel fate that landed him with a wife with a baffling desire to get things that make him uncomfortable and anxious when it would be so much simpler for her to give up this odd love for nice clothes and jewelry for something practical like a really nifty set of SAE wrenches because he was raised to have trouble understanding that not everyone's tastes are his own. We've also seen him lash out in a blind rage when his lunk-headed authoritarianism is questioned to the least degree owing to it being instilled in him that the values of the 1930s were eternal and unquestionable. What we don't get to really understand is how it was that someone with a certain proficiency at mindless mechanical labour was so lousy at school.

We do get some clue when he confides that he too had to work like a piston to get passing grades coming up. We get even more of a clue when he smirkingly dismisses Mike's life work as spending his whole life writing essays and when he wonders why they spent so much time deciding whether Howard ERK was guilty. As I've said before, this is a man who likes yes or no answers and doesn't like to spend a lot of time thinking lest he muss up his mind with opinions contrary to his preconceptions. While that is a lot of what's wrong with him, what we do see on the rare occasions when he's lost in thought is a man tripping over his own mental feet. When you ask him a simple question, he's fairly clever. When you ask him to explain why he thinks that way, he trips over himself and gets lousy grades.
Tags: explaining john

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