Today's question comes from Slate: Slate's Leon Neyfakh is producing a serial examination of—what else?—Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Not that there's anything wrong with it! At any rate, we're prepared to offer an instant response to today's key question:
NEYFAKH (8/29/18): What happened between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? Why did it happen? And what are we supposed to do about the fact that the whims and impulses of individual men can—and constantly do—alter the course of history?"Why did it happen?" No really—that's what it says!
We'll note that Lewinsky's whims and impulses were part of the mix there too. That said, we can offer an instant answer to Neyfakh's key question. Our answer will take the form of a second question:
What are we supposed to do about matters like that? Learn how to mind our own business?
(Or does Neyfakh attempt to micromanage everyone's private affairs? Warning! World population is currently more than seven billion.)
One more question: Who made Lewinsky's later life such hell? Was Bill Clinton mainly at fault? Or was it perhaps the many great apes who function like peeping Toms?
One of the best jokes we ever heard: We wouldn't have told the joke ourselves, because it mocked a belief we ourselves wouldn't mock.
That said, the joke was wickedly great. It was a scathing attack on "pro-life" belief. Its punchline went something like this:
"I think life begins at the point when you learn how to mind your own business."
We're fairly sure we recall whose joke that was, but we aren't entirely sure. We wouldn't have told the joke ourselves, but it was an extremely sharp joke. It packed a punch the way you'd like a topical joke to do.