So I have decided to take a turn on this blog and send it spiraling off in a new direction through space and time. Okay so now that the disclaimer is out-of-the-way let’s get down to business.
This blog will now serve as an arena for the random thoughts and piss offs that I encounter while observing the world around me. So welcome to my mind it may be unhinged, a little out there, but it’s the only I have, so welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the ride.
Lets start right in the shit show shall we? Yes the one we call the world today. One of the main stories making the rounds is the story of the poor man so violently drug off the United Airlines flight. Now I am not sure when we as a society decided that rules only apply when we feel like it. Also lets not forget that United is a private company and has the right to refuse service to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you bought a ticket, or you have somewhere you need to be. He was asked and offered compensation generously to give up his seat. When the flight attendant asked him to give it up, he became abusive and belligerent, refusing to give up his seat and claiming he most get where he is going because he had patients to see. Regardless of the reasons he needed to stay on the flight or the reasons United needed him off, these don’t matter because like most things now with social media, and media in general. We miss the damn point, You do as your told by people in authority, because as a civilized society we have agreed to place people in charge and agreed to heed their demands. If you follow and stay respectful, you will get by just fine.
There are two separate books that I think on quite often with this subject in mind. First is Small Comforts by Tom Bodett ( yes the “We’ll leave the light on for you” spokesman for Motel ) a random collection of essay’s from his every day mind. One such passage in the book tells us about an elementary school teacher who taught him a very valuable lesson in life, which was to Sit Down, Shut Up, and Pay Attention. A simple enough thought which seems like common sense, which we as a society seem to be lacking in abundance.
The second is All I Really Need To Know I learned In Kindergarten, by Robert Fulgham. Which shows the simplest things that we need to live by, once again sit down, shut up, pay attention, keep your hands to yourself, being respectful, and do as your told. These are basic principles instilled in us from the beginning, so why are they so hard to live by?
Another current story in my area and not so much the national stage, is a much darker and troubling story. This takes place in a small town in Kansas named Holton, without going into much detail, this is a criminal case of a at the time 19-year-old male, who committed anal sex on a 13-year-old girl in a cemetery. Now I will not get into the horrors of this crime, but while reading a local newspaper article on the trial, I found myself enraged at the absurdity of it all. The story pertained to the difficulty of finding an impartial jury in a small town, where everyone knows everyone, and all had an opinion. Now yes this is truly a problem and will hinder true justice, however it was the comments in the article from potential jurors that shocked me so. There was debate about whether the victim was to blame, for being out to late, dressed to slutty, misrepresenting her age, or that her parents were to blame for not keeping a tighter leash on her. Then there were those on her side, speaking of all the things that can be said about a man who commited such a horrible crime. Here is where I become unhinged, he has admitted that he had anal sex with her, no doubt there. So what is the question? It seems pretty straight forward to me, it doesn’t matter how she was dressed, how late it was. The law clearly states that anyone under the age of 16 can not consent no if’s and’s or but’s about it. We want to confuse issues and debate unimportant facts, while completely ignoring the facts. Personal responsibility which believe me I will go into more in-depth at later times, has been all but outlawed in this society.
So next time your faced with any of this. Just remember Sit Down, Shut Up, Pay Attention, and Be Respectful, and you will get by just fine.