A while back someone asked me:
“If Kim and Kanye were drowning
and only you could save them,
what kind of sandwich would you make?”
It’s a bit harsh,
but honestly I am so disgusted,
I actually laughed at it
Is it just me, or is everyone else bored
with our celebrity-obsessed culture?
I don’t care why Kim and Kanye named their kid Psalm.
I don’t care that J Lo and A Rod haven’t yet set a wedding date.
There are a lot of things I do care about.
None of them involve celebrities.
We have become a country of Magpies.
Show us something shiny and we go crazy.
We need to get some money together
and buy ourselves a little gravitas.
The entire BILLION dollar Kardashian empire began from a sex tape.
Kim’s youngest sister became at BILLIONAIRE at 22 because of a lip kit.
Kim Kardashian’s shape wear gets more attention than Global warming
The Twitter fight between the President, John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen
made the evening news!
made the national evening news!
God- I miss Walter Cronkite!
When did celebrities take the place of heroes, as our role models?
I’m not sure, but I do know
all this has made it possible to have a mediocre reality tv star
become a Terrible President.
I also think it’s significantly contributed to
the dumbing down of America.
We used to have celebrities entertaining the nation
and serious people running the nation.
Now it’s all one big reality show.
Smart doesn’t seem to be a “thing” anymore.
You don’t have to be smart as long as you are hip, tattooed
have the newest iPhone and the right sneakers.
And by the way- Yeezy sneakers cost $479.00.
Speaking of I phones,
I was in a restaurant a few weeks ago,
and literally no on was talking to another person at the table.
They were all on their phones!
No one ever looks AT anything anymore.
They are connected every moment of everyday-
but to what?
How can you be that connected and
still be so ignorant of the real world?
Last week,I saw a photo of the Pope,
making his way through a crowd.
NO ONE was looking directly at the Pope.
They simply pointed their cellphone and took a photo and
actually missed SEEING the Pope.
That is just nuts.
When I met the Pope- I really SAW the Pope
because we didn’t have cell phones back them.
I’m glad I was raised in an era when we had one telephone in the house
and when you were out- you needed to find a pay phone.
Clearly, it didn’t kill us!
We played outside all day, making our own fun,
and we watched one program at night on TV and cartoons on Saturday mornings.
But that didn’t turn our brains to sludge.
Because there was balance in our lives.
I am sorry to say this- but based on what I have witnessed
there are a lot of people whose brains have turned to sludge;
over the past decade, especially.
Jay Leno used to do this interview on the street
asking questions to COLLEGE STUDENTS.
Here I have compiled a small and deeply shocking sample of these questions and answers:
which I witnessed myself on You tube.
(otherwise I might not have believed it)
In which city is the Seattle Space Needle located……..
In what year did the war of 1812 start?………
What is the freezing point of water.…
– 50 degrees celsius
What ship did the Pilgrims come over on…..
Who is the President of Russia (2007)….
Afat Arasat ( meaning Yassir Arafat)
How long ago did Jesus live……..
250 million years ago
What war was triggered by Germany’s invasion of Poland…..
the Cold War
Who were the Roughriders……
..Rapper DMX and his gang?
Showed a photo of the Acropolis in Greece….
student identified it as Caesars Palace or the Berlin Wall!
THESE ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS!
This is just a sample and it was 10 years ago.
Somehow, I don’t think things have gotten any better.
An uneducated population is easily manipulated
and that is where we are now.
With cuts everywhere to education budgets it will only get worse
and people will be getting dumber
(if that’s possible).
I worry that our country and our world are beyond saving;
but then I look around at all the beauty and the decency and the good
and I pray
that somehow we will find the strength and determination
to care about the things that really matter,
do what we can to help change the things that must change,
and let the rest go.
I wish Kim and Kanye no ill will.
But I don’t think a steady diet of reality TV shows does
anything for the IQ of America.
Pick up a book, read a newspaper and
for the love of God-
put down the phone.
We need to talk to each other, listen to each other and help each other.
We need to care about the lives of people who need our help –
not our adoration.