Can Stock Images

Can Stock Images


Way back in the 1970’s (when the dinosaurs roamed) I had a neighbor who was always tinkering with his cars, but for some strange reason he could never get them to run right. At any moment of the day, I would hear him swearing, throwing socket wrenches around and blaming Ford, GM and Chrysler for all of his three cars’ mechanical woes.

“Why is the goddamn timing off on this car again?” I could hear him screaming in the middle of the driveway.

Maybe because it was running fine the first time, but as usual he had to go monkeying around with it again? It was painful watching him trying to prove to NASCAR that their shortsightedness in rejecting his pit crew application for the fifth-time was a disastrous oversight.

Some people never know when to leave well enough alone. They have to mess around with everything. For no reason at all they will try to tweak their car engines, their lawnmowers, their snowblowers, their garage door openers and their brand new, high-tech, TVs.

“So what it’s working okay – I can make it work better!” They proudly announce to themselves and the entire, free world.

And it’s not only with mechanical things that people monkey around with incessantly. Today, people are trying to change things that people have enjoyed or observed since the day they were born.

Things like food, education, religion, sex and any number of a dozen things that people have used without fear or prejudice or questioning its value.

But do they have to be changed?

Is there a logical or practical reason to change everything that has been widely accepted for decades or even centuries? Of course, the pressures of cultural and social progressiveness are burdens that we have all been forced to bear.

But that’s not surprising, right?

Whenever someone gets bored or feels a bit slighted we all have to accept change, whether we want to or not. I like to hope and sometimes I like to change, but only when I feel it is for a good reason and not one that is being forced upon my will to satisfy the whims of a few others

Again, I’m all for change, but when I walk into a restaurant and have to ask for a glass of water with my meal I know society has gone to the dogs. Is there a shortage on water? Has most of it already been shipped to China? What about that little glass of orange juice that used to come with my breakfast?

The world is changing rapidly and sometimes we have to learn to adapt to those changes. Not only in the social, but also in the fast-paced world of the digital era we are leaving much of the past behind.

But we can keep some of it – can’t we?

No matter what it is – if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it.


Written for For the Daily Prompt: Let It Be 11/08/2014


Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine

1worldonline3 logo







7 thoughts on “If It Ain’t Broke – Don’t Fix It!

  1. I don’t agree with you. I love monkeys (i.e., curious tinkerers) and think we’d be lost without them. Some of the world’s greatest have been monkeys. Sometimes you have to break a few eggs. That’s okay! If we didn’t have monkeys, we wouldn’t have cars to break fix. Also, it’s a mistake to think things have “always been” any particular way. They haven’t. Change is the constant. That said, this post hilarious, and I loved reading it. I also love your selected photo. Ha ha! 😀

  2. Great post! I am a tinkerer, however NOT on functioning cars. But my lawn mower is about to experience life with snow skis instead of front tires. Why? Because it is setting right next to an old pair, and has nothing else to do for the winter.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s