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March 3, 2010

Not enough water for a self-absorbed society

Confessions of a Dislocated Texan

Pauls Valley — Perhaps the most unflattering characteristic of human nature is the ability to think of oneself as a mighty and deserving being. Don’t get me wrong, it fits the whole survival of the fittest thing in a world where being the best only gets harder each day, but maybe we take our egos out for too many victory lunches.

I will admit that I like the good things in life and with my continuing poverty, appreciate them on more levels than in previous years so don’t think I will give up what I can get for a life babbling under a monk’s hood. However, when the mundane activities of the day that have been made available cheaply through sacrifice become more important than a human life, I think we need to take a step back from the all hail me table. Don’t worry, unlike the guys in Washington D.C. you can be productive and not walk all over decency.

A perfect example of this truth stranger than fiction is the recent incident where patrons at a restaurant in Tulsa Oklahoma decided that except for one person they were all going to ignore a murdered man for the sake of getting their meals. Sure, most of America has been dumbed down by watching too much American Idol, but I’m pretty sure that no food in the world is good enough to not report a crime like someone’s life being cut short.

If that’s not bizarre enough people were still trying to get their orders from a pickup window near the body when emergency responders came and even pushed them out of the way because if that chicken gets cold someone’s going to have to re-heat that sucker. At least in the biblical good Samaritan story when people passed up the beat up guy on the side of the road it was a legitimate fear of getting a disease or dirty and not because they wanted to beat the afternoon rush at the Kentucky fried offering to god. Even the disciples were courteous enough to put off meal plans until after they found out Jesus wasn’t a corpse anymore.

The saddest thing is that the same people who would put aside the well-being of others for an order of fried meat are in the crowd who would trample or stab a guy to get the latest gadget deal after thanksgiving. Yes Virginia, you better watch out for more than the mall Santa because you might be the passing victim of greed and not just for the holiday season.

The only way a message like this can get through is if I commercially package it for the next major sporting event. Yes indeed, for only $3.95 you too can get a ballpark frank and moral fiber sauce at this year’s opening baseball game of your choice! Call now, operators are standing by to hear you complain about the lack of dog on the bun.

It’s times like these I wish we could implement a stupid tax, but then I suppose the courts would commit suicide over the number of bankruptcy cases. Aw what the heck, it’s not like we couldn’t find a whole new batch of judges and lawyers in the next dark pit.

If you see something like this going on please don’t try to ignore it and pass it on to the next guy in line. Try and be a positive influence and not fall into a stereotype that hurt the intelligent more than standouts like Rush Limbaugh or Michael Moore already do. You are in no danger of letting dumb be neglected so try and be a little more kind.

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