I was sorting through some things today and read this post from 2013. Most things on this list haven’t changed. Of course #8 has only gotten worse.
Things I’m tired of hearing about:
- What the “stars” think, do, eat, wear. So many people in sports, music, and entertainment have proven to be such morally reprehensible disappointments as human beings that I just don’t want to bother to sort the good from the bad. I just want to watch a good performance and not think about what they do off the field or stage or screen.
- Everyone’s sexual preferences. If I need to know I’ll ask you. 99% of the time it’s not important to me.
- The dangers of smoking. Seriously? If someone is stupid enough to start smoking after the years and years and years of warnings about it then let them suffer the consequences. Let’s try to keep them away from children and the non-smoking public, but let’s stop kidding ourselves about the effectiveness of television ad campaigns. No one who smokes, drinks, or uses drugs thinks all those bad things are going to happen to them.
- Anti-aging. I want to be old. I want to live to be ninety and I don’t care what I look like in the process. I shudder to think about how much money women waste on products that claim to erase a few wrinkles or cover up gray hair. Wear makeup and color your hair if it makes you happy, not because you are afraid of what others might think or say about your appearance. Spend those dollars on being stronger and healthier.
- Starving children in Africa, or any other country. So many people who give money to feed children in third world countries fail to understand that many are in those situations because of political and cultural circumstances that no amount of money will ever change. The same campaigns to end world hunger have been going on since I was a child! And many of those charitable people could help starving children in their own town, but find the anonymity of foreign problems easier to handle emotionally.
- Prayer in school. I pray in school every day. I pray anywhere and everywhere that I want to pray. What people want to argue about is praying publicly and loudly. I don’t understand that.
- Magic Medications. Why in the world are we suddenly inundated by hours of television commercials about the latest drugs?? Do we not trust our doctors to prescribe the medications we need? Are we now expected to diagnose our own diseases and conditions and request specific treatments? Then why bother to have prescriptions at all? And I love the admonitions to “tell your doctor if you have had…” If my doctor doesn’t know my medical history and current health concerns then I have seriously failed to communicate with him. If I question a treatment or medication I have the option to research it before consenting, but I certainly don’t want to base my decisions on the promotions created by the drug companies.
- Political squabbles. This weekend as I watched some of the programs about the Kennedy family and the President’s assassination, I recalled how different my feelings were then about government officials. I thought that our leaders were special people with a “calling” to serve the public and create a better world. Now I understand that they are just people, each with their own reasons for being where they are, and many of those reasons are far from noble. It angers and upsets me to watch them argue like children in front of the whole world and I’ve lost respect for most of them.