Pussification

I’m not a fan of Bubba the Lovesponge (or any other radio talk jock) but his rant yesterday morning about the “pussification” of America struck a chord with me. Are we a nation of pussies, a people who would rather be victims and run crying like spoiled children to some authority figure to solve our problems for us rather than deal with them ourselves?

Political correctness (PC) is a disease of epidemic proportions, affecting nearly everyone. We have become so over-sensitized to the slightest offense that even the grand efforts we take to not offend are themselves offensive. There is, however, a cure — develop a tougher skin and grow a pair of testicles. (You can do it, ladies.)

Whenever we invoke our personal choice to be offended, we don’t hesitate to whip out the victim card and play it, demanding that those who have offended us be summarily punished and that the offended be monetarily compensated. We publicly wave our victim flag, shouting, “Look at me! I’m a victim. Compensate me. Make somebody pay.” Of course, the solutions provided by the authorities are always unsatisfactory and make everyone a victim, yet we keep asking them to run interference for us.

Everyone wants all the good stuff they “deserve” — a nice car, a fast computer, good credit, a low-interest loan, or  whatever, but no one wants to earn these things. We want instant gratification in all things, even instant salvation from our religions. The world, the universe, God doesn’t owe you anything except that which you have earned. There is no free ride, there never has been and there never will be. Everything we get, deserved or not, has a price and it has to be paid.

In summary:

  • To be offended or annoyed is a personal choice. No one can offend or annoy you unless you allow it.
  • Solutions handed down to us are much less satisfactory than the ones we find ourselves.
  • The world, the universe, God owes us nothing except that which we’ve earned.
  • There is no free ride, never has been, never will be. Everything has a price which must be paid.
  • PC can be cured by developing a tougher skin and growing a pair of cojones.
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It’s so stupid, it might just work

Facebook poll: Can the USA spend its way out of debt?

It makes about as much sense as keeping your virginity by having sex, protecting our children from child pornography by making them child pornographers, preserving freedom by curtailing civil liberties and Constitutional rights, and the ever popular concept of picking up a turd by the clean end. There are those in the government and elsewhere who sincerely believe all of these things can be done. And, of course, the time-honored American solution to any problem is to throw money at it. It’s so stupid, it might just work.

Jesus

I’ve answered a couple of polls regarding religious topics on Facebook recently. The questions were “Did Jesus Christ exist?” and “Should we keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas?” I’ll address each one separately.

Did Jesus Christ exist?

I have no reason to doubt that Jesus of Nazareth did, indeed, exist. The Jewish historian Josephus mentions Jesus twice in his The Antiquities of the Jews although some historians doubt the authenticity. The first Pope, St. Peter, is regarded by the Catholic Church to have been one of the 12 Disciples so he would have known Jesus personally. Perhaps these references can’t be 100 percent validated but they haven’t been disproved either. I have no doubt he lived but I do doubt that he looked anything like he is commonly depicted. I suspect that he looked, er, more Jewish or Middle Eastern.

Should we keep “Christ” in Christmas?

Although I don’t wear the Christian label, I grew up celebrating Christmas with at least an acknowledgment of its religious significance as a celebration of Christ’s birth and the spirit of peace and goodwill toward men. I’m certain Jesus was actually born in the spring (Luke 2:8) and December 25th was chosen to celebrate Christ’s Mass by Papal decree in order to convert the Roman pagans and later the Germanic pagans who observed the Winter Solstice. Historical considerations aside, I’ve always enjoyed the “spirit” of the holiday and the message of peace on Earth and good will toward Men. It used to be a holiday that brought out the best in the human spirit.

Over the years Christmas has become little more than extreme consumerism and commercial exploitation that brings out the worst in the human spirit. Now our personal worth is annually measured by the monetary value of the gifts we give and receive rather than by our kindness and generosity.

I miss hearing Christmas carols and seeing Nativity scenes. Is their conspicuous absence due to zealous political correctness, our fear of offending anyone who might not be a Christian? Well, political correctness be damned! Maybe Christmas is no longer the exclusive domain of Christianity but, Christian or not, we can still understand and appreciate the spirit of Christmas. It’s much more than the celebration of the birth of the Christian savior, it’s about the hope for mankind and our potential to do good for our fellow man.

Radio Gaga

Have you ever noticed that most radio talk show hosts sound the same? I can’t tell them apart, not even by subject matter. Their purpose in life seems to be to push people’s buttons, thereby creating the illusion that they are controversial. They don’t encourage serious debate nor do they promote thoughtful discussion of the issues. They just piss people off and create a lot of noise and drama, all in the name of ratings.

Unnecessary Censorship

I’ve never been a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, finding The Man Show to be rather boorish and sophomoric at its best. I haven’t seen his latest show so I can’t say whether or not it’s any better. As the following articles on The Huffington Post blog show, he is apparently not a fan of the FCC and that, in itself, raises him a bit in my esteem. Each week he mocks the FCC by taking innocent clips and adding censorship to make them seem lewd or dirty. It’s amazing how a well-placed bleep or a bit of pixelation can change everything.

Check it out, it’s great stuff.

Cover the stink

Most television commercials bother me to some degree but the Fabreze ad that’s currently running kinda grinds my gears.

In this ad, a teen-aged boy is expecting a couple of girls to come over and study. His mom comments about how his room stinks, as if she hasn’t ventured in there in quite a while. Does she tell him to clean his room? No. She hands him a bottle of Fabreze so he can spray everything down and make it smell nice.

The apparent message here is that it’s easier to (and therefore better) to cover up the mess than to actually clean it up. That seems to be endemic in our society. Cover up the problems with some cosmetic façade or give it some kind of politically correct spin to make it sound positive instead of actually dealing with it and solving the root problem.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

Political Correctness Defined

From Eolake Stobblehouse thoughts:

There is an annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year’s term was “Political Correctness.”

The winner wrote: “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

This same doctrine also alleges that the use of the word “turd” MAY be offensive to some undefined minority, probably the same minority that, in the later 19th century, insisted on calling piano legs “limbs” and advocated using plaster to cover the not-to-be-observed portions of classical sculpture.

Perhaps, in order to avoid the remote possibility of being offensive to any potential offendee, we should substitute “firmly cohesive excremental matter” for turd.

I like it!