The expression “thinking outside the box” originated as a corporate phrase, meant to prod dull-witted executives into being more creative. So why can’t corporate executives just say what they used to say to their sycophantic underlings, “Get off your fucking lazy ass and be more creative.” What’s with the box?
Did the Founding Fathers need a box? Try to visualize Ben Franklin coming up to Thomas Jefferson at the House of Burgesses’ water cooler and saying, “Listen, Tom, we really need you to think outside the box on this declaration thing, okay?”
And if you must have the stupid box, why can’t you be just as creative inside the box? No matter how brilliant or boneheaded you may be, your brainpower is still the same whether it’s inside or outside an imaginary box.
Presumably, it took some idiot inside the box to come up with the dumbass idea of thinking outside the box. If it was such a spectacular idea, how did he manage to come up with it from inside the box?
And how much has mankind actually progressed since people started thinking outside the box? Do cars get more mileage? Is the problem of global warming solved? Is there a cure for cancer? Is there some entertainment value in observing Ashley Simpson paint her toenails for an hour?
Sarah Palin doesn’t think inside or outside the box, because she doesn’t think at all. A box won’t help.
Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck should all think inside the box. That box should be a coffin.
Take Wall Street. Please. Sub-prime mortgages evolved because some moron was thinking “outside the box.” Thanks so much. Now, because of all this pointless external box thinking, a lot of ordinary people are actually living inside a real box and when they go outside the box, it’s usually to smoke an ancient cigar butt or cook moldy spam on a Sterno.