If you tune into the long-running game show, Jeopardy, seeking microcosms of human triumph, a recent episode of the show probably had you reeling in anguish, as you witnessed three poor souls bet it all on their critical faculties -- only to come up short -- one, by one, by one.
Life is full of times when we simply do not have the answers, and maybe it's a good thing that Randy, Claudia, and Mike could weather one of them together, as Alex Trebek presented the Final Jeopardy prompt: "A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city, signed into law by a president whose library is now there too."
"This was a tough one," the game show host maligned. "You guys struggled with this immensely."
Who knows what prompted these contestants to bet it all (maybe it's all the Powerball fever in the zeitgeist), or why none of them could bring forth the answer Little Rock, Arkansas. What matters is, moments like this show us that resilience in the face of defeat is what makes us human. And somewhere in that humanity lies the answer to the great Final Jeopardy prompt we call life.
Plus, mercy street, we didn't know the answer either.
Now watch Alex Trebek recite lines from Rihanna's hit song "Umbrella" and see what kind of eh-eh-existential questions that causes you to have.