«Think outside the Box» Well … if I ever had a box, I stepped on it … danced on it, so it’s all flattened.
All joking aside, expressions like that tend get so hackneyed so they end up feeling meaningless. «The Box» might be on its way out, but I think «because I can» will replace it. I sense that ‘because I can’ has its origin in mountain climbing. I keep hearing it more and more frequently…
Once, I was even de-friended in Facebook because of The Box. It was by someone I didn’t really know — an online acquaintance. She’d stated in FB ‘I loathe people who can’t think outside the box‘. I replied that «I love to bring arrogant people to their knees», and that was it! 😆 Gone!
Here’s someone who still has a box, though! Picture’s from 2008, but we have kept that, particular, box for him 🙂 He probably does a lot of thinking inside his boxes, but lately he’s taken a liking to the space underneath the kitchen sink. He’s able to open the door himself, and he spends a great deal of time there. I guess that’s his «me-time».