Alden Boon

3 Revelations I Had After Not Being Able to Solve a Rubik’s Cube


The head-scratching Rubik’s Cube is my bête noire. It goes mirror, weighing machine, and now Rubik’s Cube way up there. Now, I have never thought that I possessed high IQ, because at 30 years old I have never got right a single riddle, so that I would be slain by Gollum if ever I were lost in his cave. Though I bore faint hope that in Rubik’s Cube lay my breakthrough catapulting me to Stephen Hawking’s genius status; my validation after years of not being able to find x and misjudging the number of sweets I should have given to Susan, it was not to be. But my endeavour was not without profit: I had three revelations.

The humble pie is not at all flaky and delicious

I sniggered as my sister watched with rapt attention a “How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube” tutorial on YouTube, her movements mimicking the onscreen bespectacled nerd’s. “How hard can it possibly be?” said I. Had I kept my mouth shut, I would not be stewing in my own embarrassment ten hours later having watched the same video at least twenty times — in my defence the instructor was rambling incoherently about finding edges and he found five edges even before I understood the definition of edges — the cube still a farrago of colours.

Not all problems are meant to be solved

How do you solve a problem like Maria? Or Donald Trump? Or ISIS? How do you end world hunger or the Syrian crisis? Like the Rubik’s Cube, some things do not have a glorious end. Instead of feeling helpless to the woes and evils of the world, the best thing to do is to put it aside, and as Elsa would preach: let it go. And unlike Ernő, at least I am not the creator of any worldly problems.

People living with colour blindness are thrice blessed

As a society, we are so hell-bent on fixing deficiencies: we pop vitamins and supplements; we go to the gym to watch free TV sculpt our physiques. But whatever happened to accepting our own flaws? Good on you, colour-blind people! Good on you for not seeing colours; for not seeing this Chinese as yellow though my skin is anything but. And blessed are you who never have to touch a Rubik’s Cube with a ten-foot pole. Greedy corporations such as Enchroma have the gall to try and fix colour vision deficiency!


Alden Boon
Alden Boon is a Quarter-finalist in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. When he's not busy writing, he pretends he is Gandalf.

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