The Napkin Writer
I understand some of the points that Essorant is trying to make here, but I also think that like me, sometimes too many words can delude the actual point that is being made. I wasn’t sure at first how to get into this thread without voicing support of something that wasn’t that clear to me, and at the same time respond to something that is easily recognizable.
Older people could probably remember nighttime soap opera Dynasty. Well there was this big debate over one of their shows, where Linda Evans was to call Joan Collins a bitch. Up unto that point in television history the mere thought of using such four-letter-words on television was “a no no!” Today, at almost any point throughout ones day, they can turn on the television and find some woman groping, and twisting her body in some form of sexual submission. Even in our commercials there is a certain amount sexual disobedience we as society has invited into our homes. I would consider asking myself how did we get to the point where it’s okay to turn on the television and accept the “four-letter-words” and “sexual influences” to influence our children to believe that this is the norm of societal morality, when it’s not. And then everyone is running around saying things like; “we don’t know what’s wrong with our children!”
There is a certain television commercial that is sports related, where three cheerleaders are running from the field, and as the camera focus on them running down the tunnels at the end of the commercial, you can clearly see this woman butt, (and I don’t mean a cheek-peek either)! Now she may have been wearing a thong, but she clearly wasn’t wearing any panties.
I was talking with one of my twenty-one year old nephew a couple months ago about girls. We got into this debate over how men talked to women in my day, compared to today, and got close to them, (if you know what I mean). He was laughing at the style of dress of the women of my day. I was telling him that I “thought” there was nothing left to be desired of most women today, that everything you may want to desire, can get entangled sometimes in the lust you may feel at your first meeting. So how are men to look at women, except as a sex object? That it is in general, like going to a deli, or something. With the styles that women wear today, you know everything before you even know their names. You can see all the once tattooed men names she’s had removed from her body. Her private parts are just about jumping out at you. The clothes are so tight they can barely bind over to tie their own shoes, (if they are wearing clothes that day and not underwear). The hairpieces are stacked so high on top of their heads they have to stoop to get through doorways. And some have on so much make-up, you have to carry a switchblade, and become a wood carver to see what they look like. The sad part in this is that a lot of men accept it, except when it comes to their woman, or wife, and then men want to beat on them for it, yet, they go to clubs and influence it! Maybe I should use a couple of “we’s” in this, but I don’t get into that, so I won’t take possession of it.
I don’t mean this as a harsh thing against women, I love women, but turn on your television to one of that so-called reality shows, open your window and watch the little children in your neighborhood imitating what they are seeing on television. Turn on the news and listen to the amount teenage pregnancy around the nation. We have become a shallow nation with no regards as to what we are passing on to our children, as long as we get what we want. The ideal that a child has to be dressed up, get made up, or go lying up, to be liked, is exactly what our children are learning, why; because that’s what we are teaching them, that’s what they see on television and that’s what they see us do. Between the trashy reality shows and infomercials, I barely have a choice but to go watch PBS. And I know that somewhere there are people praying that enough of these kids come out all right to run this country in the coming years, because at the rate we’re going, a lot of us aren’t going to make it.
I think what Essorant is trying to say is that morally we have lost our edge of influencing morality in our children, each other, and the rest of the world. And if that isn’t what she is trying to say, that’s what I get from her initial thread, and subsequent “likenesses” of defenses.
As far as the amount of money someone makes in their profession, I think it’s stupid for someone to pay one man one hundred million dollars a year to play baseball. This ball player is being paid one billion dollars over a ten-year period, to play baseball. This one man can’t pitch the ball and then run out to center field and catch the hit, and throw the ball to second base, and run down and catch it! Now one man cannot win you a championship, but one man can be the catalyst to spark your team to a championship, like Karem in Milwaukee and later in L.A., and Michael in Chicago. The sad part is when you think, what in the blue blazes do this particular man have to strike about? What more can you give him? And if they do get more, who’s footing the bill, the fans right? Now if I was a professional athlete, and someone offered me a one billion dollar ten year contract, would I take the money? Hell yes! Would I strike? I may not be on the picket line, but I wouldn’t cross that picket line either.
But, while I do understand what I get from the original thread, I really wouldn’t want to turn back the hands of time, to a time of darkness in the wilderness. I wouldn’t want to go out onto the edge of the Forrest a dig out-house holes. I don’t want to go back to the days of the horse and buggy either, but I do understand what I believe you are trying to say Essorant. “We have changed the meanings of words so much over the years that morality doesn’t mean morality any more. As to what it means now, pick one, any one definition you want! If you ask a thousand people what morality is suppose to mean today, you are almost guaranteed to get a couple hundred different definitions!
I think Essorant has honor in this thought, but that just isn’t the way most of society “thinks” anymore. I believe that our thinking has been diluted with greed, lies, disrespect, dishonor, evil, uncaring, and mostly a bunch of confused individuals who don’t know what to “think!”
Essorant, this is just my opinion, but I “think “ a career in the non-profit sector, could have your name written all over it, if, you are not already there.
Anyway, God bless you; you truly are a dying breed in your “thinking.”