Sunday, November 29, 2009

Things that make you go hmmmm…… (11-29-09)

Bumper stickers seen side by side on the rear of an oversized truck in the parking lot at Publix, Baldwin (Billionaire Giveaway) Park

“Marines don’t suffer from insanity. We enjoy every minute of it.” And next to it: “Stop Global Whining.”

Yes. This explains much.

From a collection of photos of tee-shirt slogans on the site

* “’Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses’ and Bush will leave them hungry and dying in the Gulf Coast states”

res ipsa loquitor

* (in google colored letters) “I’m not your damned search engine”

[Actually, you are. Google's engine only retrieves what you ask it to retrieve, hence the search engine on the computer is only as good as the one in your head]

* Teeshirt on a teenage boy talking on cell phone: “Out of Memory”

[Indeed. And , judging by the conversations to which I am subject on a regular basis on campus as I try to walk to class with a little presence of mind, out of much of substance to say as well]

* Image: Two icons of a girl appearing to yell at a boy. Underneath the first: “Problem”
Second icon, same image but boy now has an ipod and earphones. Underneath the second: “Solved”

[Actually, no problem can be solved that way, just avoided. Of course, that’s the purpose of most ipod, cell phone and texting usage – avoidance of the world – escapism. Rather disturbing behavior from the folks dubbed as “the next Greatest Generation.” Thus far the results are not so promising. Indeed, it looks like Twenge's "most narcissistic generation ever" is giving that title a run for its money.]

* Image: hand held computer game. Underneath the logo: "Nintendo Rehabilitation Clinic: The first step is admitting you have a problem"

[This would be funny were it no serious business for so many kids today, particularly boys who stay up all night playing computer games and then fail to make it to class the next day. Ask either of my nephews. Ask the kids in my classes in danger of failing for the same reason.]

The Rev. Harry Scott Coverston, J.D., Ph.D.
Member, Florida Bar (inactive status)
Priest, Episcopal Church (Dio. of El Camino Real, CA)
Instructor: Humanities, Religion, Philosophy of Law
University of Central Florida, Orlando

If the unexamined life is not worth living, surely an unexamined belief system, be it religious or political, is not worth holding.

Most things of value do not lend themselves to production in sound bytes.


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