*Except in New Zealand and the United States.
Modern medicine is a wondrous thing. Anyone who has ever dreamed of living hundreds of years ago needs to consider how likely they would have died young back then, due in large part to a widespread lack of medical care. Quite a few of us are literally only alive today because of antibiotics, and many of the rest of us have had some procedure that made a potentially chronic condition go away altogether. I’ve been in both boats myself at some point, and I’m super glad that modern medicine was around to float me safely through each scenario. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #098 -Advertising Drugs Is Illegal!*”
Most of us have heard the story of someone who went to the hospital to get their tonsils taken out, and ended up getting a leg amputated instead; maybe not down to the detail, but you get the point. Medical mixups have been around as long as medicine itself, and it’s highly likely that even Hippocrates killed a few patients with his archaic beliefs and practices. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #098 -Medicine Kills As Many As It Saves!”
At some point, I remember hearing that all you need to convict someone of a crime is a pair of eyewitnesses. I was pretty young when I heard it, since it’s one of those vague public school memories that never really served me in any way; but even then I thought it was a little silly. What I heard, once the statement made it through my already somewhat jaded filters, was that all you need is two people willing to lie to put someone in jail.
Yet this issue goes way beyond blatant lying. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #097 – Our Memories Are Unreliable!”
Some countries have moved more and more toward a government that takes care of its people. As taxes go up, so does the number of benefits citizens receive for doing their part. They may not have perfect systems, but we can’t deny that our own could definitely use some improvement. As our taxes go up, our military gets bigger; funding for social programs dwindle away or get cut completely, while countless dollars go into constantly asserting our dominance through violence or the threat of it. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #096 – They Let Out All The Crazy People!”
Most of us have encountered our share of homeless people. Those of us who have been around for a few decades might have even noticed how their numbers seem to be increasing. It’s no wonder, of course; from cooking the books on unemployment to opening the doors on mental institutions, the government has certainly played their part in putting people out on the street. When you factor in how much the population has grown in just the last twenty years, none of us should really be surprised to see more tents being pitched on sidewalks than ever. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #095 -You’ve Got To Have Money To Make Money!”
For the better part of its long history, this planet was actually a complaint-free zone. No one questioned the way things were, shook their fist at the heavens, or grumbled about how hard Mondays can be. For several million years this miraculous ecosystem wasn’t even called the Earth, and was not the least bit bothered by not having a name. It was just a planet, quietly giving birth to one species after another without any need for accolades or any idea of what a complaint was. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #094 -The Only Real Problem Is People!”
Here’s the thing about young people: they only exist in relation to how old you are. When you’re ten years old, you can look at someone who is six and get all caught up in the nostalgia of what life was like four years ago for you. This actually has nothing to do with the kid you’re looking at; they have a whole different past and future, and some of the things that changed for you between those ages might not change for them at all. Besides that, they may be way smarter or dumber than you; all kinds of things come into play when we’re talking about personal development, and time is among the least of them. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #093 – Youth Is Wasted On The Young!”
Some time ago, a certain former pro football player was put on trial for murdering a couple people. Actually, the story began before that; most folks that were around back then remember watching a white Ford Bronco try to elude police in real time. Pretty much everyone I talked to at the time was all abuzz about it, and most of them were certain a murder conviction would swiftly follow what they considered such an obvious escape attempt. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #092 – Our Legal System Is For Sale!”
Anyone who learned to read in America remembers what it was like to spot their first tabloid headline with that wonderful new ability. None of us knew that a man-crocodile existed, or that psychic powers were real, until we read the headline splashed across the front page of a less than reputable publication. Maybe you weren’t as gullible as me at five years old, but I believed just about anything you told me. Don’t laugh, or anything; but I once believed a man in a red and white suit came down the chimney once a year to bring me toys. Vampires and wolf men seemed completely plausible in my world, and it took an adult to point out to me that some news items are not to be believed. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #091 – Fake News Is Real!”
I don’t know when it became popular to brag about how little sleep you were getting, but it must have been before my time. All my life, I have heard people complain that they were only getting three or four or five hours of sleep each night; yet in most cases, the complaining had a touch of bragging to it. The first thought you might have when you hear that sort of thing is that the person doing the complaining/bragging is getting way more done than everyone else; but often, that’s just not the case. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #090 – Americans Are Sleep Deprived!”