“People aren’t wearing enough hats”

Exec #1: Item six on the agenda: “The Meaning of Life”. Now uh, Harry, you’ve had some thoughts on this.

Exec #2: Yeah, I’ve had a team working on this over the past few weeks, and what we’ve come up with can be reduced to two fundamental concepts. One: People aren’t wearing enough hats. Two: Matter is energy. In the universe there are many energy fields which we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source which act upon a person’s soul. However, this “soul” does not exist ab initio as orthodox Christianity teaches; it has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is rarely achieved owing to man’s unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia.

Exec #3: What was that about hats again?

Exec #2: Oh, Uh… people aren’t wearing enough.

Exec #1: Is this true?

Well, I forget whether I mentioned my loss of my hat (the crumpled broad-brimmed Henschel, not the Polish Navy Surplus hat) along with many other things lost recently, but in any case, I am now the happy owner of a new hat, thanks to Renee’s feeling that having missed the last four years of birthdays requires some sort of massive birthday extravaganza. The new hat is a Stetson Sutley, which is somewhere near the fedora genus:

It’s a very nice hat. I’ve removed (for now) the garish feather ornamentation and “Stetson” pin; I’m not sure whether this offends against the soul of hattery, but they looked pretty silly to me. Also, mine, unlike those pictured above, is black.