A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
I’ve been roaming around this planet for a while now, and without putting on the brag, I can say I’ve seen and done a few things. Nothing spectacular, but I’ve gained enough experience points to view the world with a very wary eye. In fact, I’ve been called downright cynical on more than one occasion. However, just because I know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, that doesn’t mean I’m jaded, faded and ready for the boneyard. Actually, unlike most folks of my generation, I find a lot of wonder in the world. Plus, even as my chronological odometer is creeping towards clicking over, there are things that still surprise me. Sometimes, that’s a good thing; sometimes, it isn’t. Here are just a few examples.
It surprises me …
That it’s still called Twitter, with a cute little blue bird icon — even though all the evidence shows it should be called Lynch Mob, with a flaming red Hangman’s Noose logo.
That coffee tastes way better when it’s not in a paper cup.
That the people who scream “science” at the first mention of religion are the same people who refuse to accept the scientific fact that there are only two human gender chromosomes, XX, XY — and one very, very, rare XYY combination that’s only found in men. (BTW. Call yourself whatever you like, just don’t call it science.)
That Johnny Depp lost all of his cool, and somehow, Keanu Reeves found it.
That people believe Qatar, population just shy of 3 million, has more Covid-19 cases than China which has like 100 times the population — over 1.5 billion!
That, at night, train whistles make me lonely.
That the people who want to legalize drugs to solve the drug problem think banning guns will solve the gun problem — and the people who want to make drugs illegal to solve the drug problem think banning guns won’t make any difference at all. Weird!
That even the worst little brat on the planet is cute when he/she/it is sleeping.
That even though it’s been totally discredited, Politically Correct still rules the world.
That the Big Brother anti-mask brigade haven’t figured out that masks fool Facial Recognition software. (Looks like a win/win to me.)
That I feel infinitely small whenever I look at the stars.
That we bitch about bad customer service when people with crap jobs occasionally seem grouchy from some reason.
That despite the “Imagine” video and Kanye West, there are people who still take celebrities seriously.
That they’re making another Fast and Furious movie.
We think that calling people names will somehow change their political opinion.
That we’re still protesting the same stuff we did when I was a child. Progress, people! Have we made no progress?