I was talking to my wife yesterday about how we have become super sanitizers. ultra sensitive of every surface. A while back we started watching "The Doctors" and "Dr. Oz.". Great information and thank goodness they are all real MD's. Now that we have established that we and millions of people except the information on their shows as trustworthy, let's also get a grip on the purpose. RATINGS! Though the information is valuable and useful to the average North American I agree whole heartedly. It's great to know that certain foods can help reduce or even reverse potential heart issues like arterial sclerosis or hypertension, reduce the risk of myocardial infarction. YEAH BRING IT ON! But the sensation and overly graphic nature and set-ups in commercials make it earth shattering and life altering.
Every article discussed needs to be taken with a grain of salt. (yes I know hyper tension issues just chill!) But if you see the intro's and pre-show run-ups well they are just scary. The network needs views and I understand that. But being responsible matters not only in journalism (though that's debatable.) but in informational magazine shows like this. "Is your kitchen is trying to kill you!" sounded the pre-show ads. Well this get's my attention. But I consider myself a relatively sensible guy. I'm not saying I don't have my gullible moments but still it takes more than flashy advertising and sensationalism to get me to buy in. But there are millions of susceptible people out there. People who trust professionals without checking their own common sense. I believe THIS is what is causing the rampant paranoia. Too many people consider every word as gospel. While we now wash everything and pour anti-bacterial creams and sprays on everything from our hands to our toes. From the counter to the knobs. We forget that when we were kids staying clean meant washing after a day in the mud and whatever was IN that mud. Our bodies have become so dependent on outside assistance that is has become a soft target for anything that can touch out delicate epidermis. We are on the path to walking on side-walks with our heads down looking to not step on a crack. I don't know about you but being Jack Nicholson is not my life's' aspiration.
But our rampant paranoia is not just the germs. You will recall recently my article on bubble wrapping the kids. Well I touched on the media being the source of this. It is the same as the medical sensationalism of germs and the evil all around us. That every cut can and WILL lead Necrotizing Fasciitis or every corner, park bench, shaded car window and stranger walking past us right now is a rapist, murderer or paedophile.
When we hear about these crimes happening NO MATTER where they occur, we tend to graft them onto us and our very streets. With Information getting around the world instantaneously, now it feels almost like every attack happened in your own neighbourhood. So every street, every car, every light houses a killer, rapist paedophile. With a heightened sense of fear and trained response of "bubble wrapping" our children, scrubbing hands, knobs, counters, sheets and shoes, we will all soon suffer PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) When the stressors no longer exist or effect you directly and you relax then you lose control and look for a replacement to the stressors. Kind of like ADDICTION WITHDRAWAL. I have a few friends who have been diagnosed with PTSD and they don't even realize it's happening. OCDers don't realise they are doing it till the skin get's raw.
PEOPLE WE NEED TO COLLECTIVELY GET A HANDLE ON OUR HEADS! Media is driving the paranoia. The desire to purchase huge amounts of disinfectant, anti-microbial bacterial sprays, wipes, washes. Why every car that goes by your school or playground is a feeding ground for everyone else but YOU. Why Spanking to some is child abuse, why yelling is demeaning to a child that shows no respect to his parents or authority. Why Schools can't do their jobs and why children can't just go out to play. GET A GRIP, TAKE A DEEP BREATH and just remember the world is not the same but it can be enjoyable. Enjoyable as it was to what each generation calls "The simpler times". Get Dirty, Eat something that hit the floor, let the children play. Who knows, maybe they won't need to be spanked. They will be dirty and tired to get in trouble.
Yours In Clay & Water
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