A leading newspaper blew the lid on this so long ago, and news of it spread so fast, this particular item fell from outrageous story to another common piece of knowledge that makes us slightly uncomfortable with pretty alarming speed. Rather than call the people who duped us out for doing the duping, we all collectively shrugged our shoulders and filed it away in our own mental category that may well be labeled Thoughts that hurt to think.
It’s a great title for a mental category, after all. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #068 -They Lied To Us About Sugar!”
The last thing anyone expects from everyone is complete consistency. We are human, after all; and mistakes are part of that reality. Most of us learn from those mistakes and do our best to make sure we don’t make them again. We apologize to the people affected by our missteps, and do our best to make up for whatever damage we did by overestimating our own abilities or letting something slip our minds.
Except weather forecasters, of course. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #067 – Weather Forecasters Get Paid To Be Wrong!”
The first time I was old enough to be aware of an upcoming presidential election, I remember hearing some adults discussing the candidates. They were talking about how things may change if one guy got elected, or what might happen if the other guy did. Someone mentioned the promises one candidate was making, and how everyone would benefit if he followed through on what he vowed to do once in office. Another adult chimed in, and said he was only making those promises to get into office; he had no intention of following through.
At this point, I thought a little childish wisdom might liven up the conversation. I piped up and said that if he didn’t keep his promises he should not be allowed to remain in office. This resulted in a lot of laughter and a couple nods, and one particular response I would never forget. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #066 – Politicians Are Liars!”
As tempting as it is to echo the sentiments of generations past when we talk about the United States, the truth is that the country changes so much so quickly that we need to drop all those old sayings to really sum up what America is all about today. This nation may have been founded on certain principles, and may have even held tight to those principles for some time; but power corrupts, and the dual temptation of power and profit turned out to be impossible to resist in this case. Even if it changed the entire thrust of what America was once all about, succumbing to these temptations was simply too appealing to our politicians as a whole. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #065 -America Has More Laws Than Any Country In History!”
Quoting other people is not really my thing, for a number of reasons. Certain collections of words get attributed to specific people, and a lot of those quotes go back so far they could not have been recorded anywhere but on paper. Just because someone happened to write some catchy phrase down or utter it in front of others doesn’t mean they actually came up with it; that simply means it got attributed to them. Politicians, in particular, are notorious for speaking other people’s words as if they were their own, and very few speechwriters stand up in the middle of these addresses to claim the applause that actually belongs to them. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #064 – America is Not a Democracy!”
Quite a few people think voting is important, whether the system is perfect or floundering or completely corrupt. They think weighing in has an impact, and they often feel those who don’t vote are in no position to complain or wish things were different. A lot of people in the world don’t have the right to vote on much of anything, and some folks believe that opportunity should not be taken for granted in any circumstance. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #063 – Voters Don’t Read What They Vote On!”
Human beings have seen some pretty scary stuff through the ages. Even if climate change made it possible for us to exist in the first place, subsequent shifts haven’t always treated us kindly. We have yet to see what will happen next, of course; but odds show us it’s probably one of two possibilities. They aren’t the only two possibilities; but they are the two most likely ways this will all play out. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #062 – The World is Always Ending!”
Some of us may think political parties have never been so much at odds as they are today, while others realize people have a tendency to remember the past with less color than they view the present. The truth is that although political parties may have literally switched sides a time or two throughout our country’s relatively short history, they have always been at odds with each other. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #061 – Life Doesn’t Work If We’re All The Same!”
Two opposing desires exist in each of us, to some degree; the desire to rise to a challenge, and the desire to do as little as possible. Some of us know what it feels like to work from the time we wake up until the day is through, sleeping as few hours as we can so we can hit it hard again first thing in the morning. Others are familiar with the habit of doing nothing or next to it, spending all day avoiding challenges the rest of us don’t even consider all that challenging. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #060 – Making Life Hard Makes Life Easier!”
Of all the popular archetypes in storytelling, one stands out as being the most popular with the most people. Almost everyone loves a good ‘rags-to-riches’ tale for some reason, even when they know the first few chapters might be a little hard to stomach. In fact, that makes it a better story; the worse the tragedy, the more vindicating the success. Whether it’s a spiritual tale or a love story or an actual poverty to providence example, the heights reached by the hero in the end are made more sweet when we remember the depths they plumbed in the beginning. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #059 – Tragedy Brings Out The Best In Some Of Us!”