The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Anyone who's ever taken a typing class or tested a keyboard knows this old pangram.

It is a meaningless collection of words meant to test every letter of the alphabet in one sentence.

In these polarized times of immediate - and often misinformed - reaction, we fear even this old, innocuous grouping of letters wouldn't survive unscathed.

It would be ripped apart, redefined and analyzed to serve a cause.


You see, we are quickly becoming a society that needs to mold and fold facts and phrases into something they're not. To see an insult where one never existed. To hurl one back when one was never warranted.

It happens on social media every day.


Some professional contrarians make a sport of it and their devotees follow like Labs to a Frisbee.

To prove a point, let's break down how many of those who are quick to judge and polarize would break this down.

The ultra-sensitive snowflakes among us would attack the quick brown fox for being a show off. For fat shaming the lazy dog and denying him of his 'right' to never feel ridiculed. They would question the need to identify the fox as brown in the first place.

The rabid rightoids would point to the lazy dog as a glaring example of everything that is wrong with a coddled society. A useless lump of nothingness that is simply using up oxygen. They may suggest deporting the lazy dog and labeling the entire breed as enemies of their cause.


Yes, it's on oversimplified and somewhat silly take on things but the amount of information manipulation has never been greater.

It is good to debate. It is good to question.

But not everything said by everyone needs to be turned into a cause.

Some things are simply what they are.