Today two things have come across my path that makes me question if being a part of the human race is still possible for me.
First, a news cast this morning that told of a thwarted shooting spree at a high school. The police caught the young perpetrators before they had a chance to implement their heinous plan. It is horrible that so many young people seek to use violence as an answer to whatever problem they have. That being said, the police THWARTED the plan. Nothing happened. Yet, the statement was made on the news that “grief counselors and therapists would be on hand” when school started in a few days to help faculty and students through the trauma. WHAT?? Trauma? NOTHING HAPPENED. We are creating a society of victims. When I was growing up if something terrible ‘almost’ happened, we had a ‘moment of silence’ (i.e. prayer) and went on with our school day. Believe me, several terrible things actually did happen and we got no counseling what so ever and still grew up to be productive members of society.
Next I read an advice column. I love this woman. She gives the best advice answers I have ever read. She is thoughtful, insightful and gracious. Below is one of the questions in the column I read today:
Q. Ice Cream: My brother eats the strawberry and chocolate part of the Neapolitan ice cream and only leaves the vanilla part. He does it despite our protests. I’m devastated and have received counseling for this. Is there a civil way to stop him?
A: Your brother is dope. My grandparents used to get Neapolitan ice cream and the way you eat it is to devour the chocolate, then toss the telltale vanilla and strawberry mounds until all is even. As much as you may have needed therapy for this situation, consider that if you buy a couple of quarts of chocolate it might divert your brother from the Neapolitan. But if that doesn’t work, try to stay civil while you explore the possibility of a civil suit.
I can’t make myself believe that this is a serious question. I can’t make myself believe that she gave a serious answer. Maybe she was trying to keep her readers on their toes. But if an individual can’t sort out their problems about ice cream, needs therapy about it, and then still needs to question an advice columnist – this world is in SERIOUS trouble.
Excuse me now. I just quit my job. I am packing my stuff and moving to the woods to become a hermit.