Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I can't help but notice that there is a real climate of fear in our society lately. Maybe it's not best described as 'lately' for it seems to have been around even longer than that but the election rhetoric has heated it up again.

I just happened to note it, once again, at dinner last night when I heard people talking about how safe their world used to be and how dangerous it had become. People want to steal our cars, our identities and our kids. Violence abounds. But it's not true. Statistically, we are much safer today than we were 20, 30 years ago. And longer. So where does this fear come from? I think it's because we, as a society, don't take the time to investigate the stories we hear on television, radio and newspapers. We accept them as fact. Despite the fact that television, radio and newspapers exist only to sell us things. Truth is secondary. And politicians love that! Society can be molded and directed by mere words. Words that are bought and paid for. Think about it; Rush Limbaugh, or any other of the pundits don't make the big bucks for truth, they make it for entertaining you. They make you want to listen to this station or read that newspaper. It's all about money. Duh!

Cynicism. It's not just a word, it's a lifestyle and it can save your life! OK, maybe it won't save your life but you will be smarter!

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