I take my dog for a long walk every morning and I use the time to think. I think of all kinds of things and many of the articles I’ve written for this blog have originated on my walks. Today will be no different. This morning I started thinking of all the things we do that we probably shouldn’t. When I say “We,” I mean humans in general, but some of these things are targeted at certain groups of humans, more so than all people. So here is my top ten list for today of things we should just stop doing. I’ll start with one that’s very important to me.
Daylight Savings Time
This is a biggie. Why the hell do we do this? No one even remembers anymore, why this was started. If you search it on line you’ll find a variety of reasons but the truth is, no one is sure any longer. Which way do we go, backward or forward? Do I get an extra hour or do I lose an hour? Will it be light earlier or later? Scientific study has shown that the effects of changing the time can actually be harmful to people. It make absolutely no sense to keep doing this and yet, we keep doing it. We are resistant to change. “Well, we’ve always done it,” is the usual response when people are asked about it. This is foolish, and it needs to stop.
Voting for Mitch McConnell
This man has been a detriment to our country since 1984 and in his last election in 2014 just over 800,000 Kentuckians voted for him. So this one is squarely aimed at those Kentucky voters. Stop. Just stop. Kentucky is one of the poorest states in the U.S. and McConnell is one of the richest Senators. How can you possibly think this man has your best interests at heart when he gets richer off of his position while not helping your state climb out of poverty? As hard as change may be for some of you, it’s time. Way beyond time.
Dumping garbage in the ocean
Really? Do I really need to say anything about this one?
Driving on the wrong side of the road
Okay, I don’t know how many of you have been to Great Britain or Ireland, or any other of the small handful of countries that drive on the left side of the road and from the wrong side of their cars, but believe me, it needs to stop. Driving, or even riding on the wrong side of the road is so disorienting and terror inducing that it can actually make you nauseous. In the U.S. (and for that matter, virtually the whole world) driving on the right side of the road and the left side of the car is normal. It’s how we learned, it’s what we do. And to suddenly have that flipped upside down is mind wrenching. The entire system of roads and driving is backward! And not to mention they all drive like their butts are on fire!. This is a biggie!
Killing each other
What problem has killing each other every solved? And how many other problems are created by doing it? This one should be simple for people to figure out.
I get it. I used to party when I was younger. I used substances which shall remain nameless. But really, what point is there to blasting your brain and body with chemicals? It’s temporary, and you’ll pay dearly for it later. Not to mention that most substances are against the law, which will cause you all kinds of trouble if you get caught, am I right?
We all do it. Some do it a lot. And we all know it’s not good for us. But we do it anyway. We worry about the future, we worry about the past. We worry about right now. Unfortunately our worrying changes nothing except to make us unhealthy. There’s nothing wrong with being concerned about things, but to worry and fret over something does no good at all. If we could replace worry with positive action we’d see some real progress.
Fighting over religious beliefs
Think about this: Millions of people the world over believe that Bigfoot, or Sasquatch is real. There are TV shows and books. There are hunters. But until someone actually catches one and shows it to the world, it’s still just a belief. Once you find one and prove it’s real, no one has to ever again say that they ‘believe” in Bigfoot. You won’t have to believe because you know it’s real. Gods are the same. No one’s God is walking up and introducing themselves. All religious belief is exactly like believing in Bigfoot. There’s nothing wrong with having beliefs. Nothing at all, but to fight over who’s belief is the right one, or the best one? Can you imagine two guys brawling in a bar over whether Bigfoot’s fur is black or brown?
This is one of the dumbest ideas humans ever came up with. While we should be growing food, or flowers for bee’s and butterflies, we grow grass. And then we keep cutting it so that it doesn’t grow. I actually had to stop here for a moment to regroup my thoughts because what I just wrote was literally that stupid.
So there you have it, my top ten list for the day. While I’m sure there are things on here that many may not agree with, I hope you find some that you do, and find a way to make changes for the better. Especially with Kale. I’m mean, have you ever eaten it? It’s disgusting.