America has only been around a little while, from the perspective of the world’s history. In that brief span of time, a lot of the details that characterize this part of the world have changed dramatically. So many things now define our lives that didn’t exist when this country was first settled, or invaded; however you look at it, the movement definitely had an impact. New inventions have changed the landscape of the United States in ways its first citizens could not have foreseen, and not all those changes have been for the better. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #106 – Littering Used To Be Legal!”
A lot of Americans love sports, which sounds like a super healthy obsession until you qualify it. Most of us don’t like playing sports, so much as we enjoy watching others play them. This is not a difficult thing to understand, when you think about it. Modern conveniences allow us to witness some of the best athletes the world has ever known squaring off in competition against some of the other best athletes the world has ever known. Very few things are as exciting as seeing amazing performances by people who can only be described as the most elite in their category. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #104 – Rules and Refs Ruin Sports!”
Technology is a fabulous thing, in many regards. Virtually everything about how most people live their lives has changed in some way due to stuff that didn’t exist at all thirty years ago, and that’s pretty cool. New ideas take shape around us on a pretty regular basis, helping us do the same old things we’ve always done in inventive new ways. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #103 – Modern Isn’t Always Better!”
A lot of people get upset when celebrities act a certain way. Most complainers are parents, who often claim these folks should conduct themselves in a manner they approve of, for the sake of those kids they have. They call these people role models, and expect specific behavior from them even in their personal lives. However, turning the tables might just reveal these folks as hypocrites. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #102 – People Aren’t Good Role Models!”
You can say a lot of things about Americans without paying us any compliments, but there’s one thing even our biggest critics have to admit. People in this country step up when horrible stuff goes down, and that’s a pretty cool thing to be known for if you ask me. We might be rude much of the time, but we’re more likely to just be indifferent. Many people from other places might say indifference is rude, but we who witness both every day don’t actually see it that way. Not really caring about what is going on with the person walking past you on the street is just normal, to us; you have to go out of your way to be a real schmuck to make us think you’re being rude. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #101 – Tragedy Brings Us Together!”
*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!”