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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One Small Piece of the Pie...

People often ask "what's wrong with the world today?" Well, here's just one small piece of what is wrong:

This is the so-called "celebration" after the recent LA Lakers victory. This partying quickly turned into a full blown riot complete with fires, overturning cars and other scenes of violence.

Really, don't people know how to behave these days? This wasn't one or two isolated incidents, this was a huge crowd, just acting like untamed animals rather than some sports fans happy about a victory.

Not only is it sad that people don't know how to behave in a civilized way, but the amount of attention given to them is ridiculous. The whole newscast that night was live coverage of this! I didn't hear any local or world news beyond my weather report as this was hogging the whole news show! Is this really what people want to see? I am not sure what is more sad, those acting this way, or those who take some sick pleasure in watching them? I was thankful for re-runs of Roseanne that night! Not my usual pick of what to watch, but even her loud shrilly voice and lack of good taste was far better than this "reality" garbage we were all subjected to that night.

Also concerning is what sports and sports stars have turned into. It's almost idol worship, and most of these "stars" certainly in my opinion fall short of being worthy of such worship. It used to be the sports stars who did noble acts such as dedicate their awards to friends or family battling life threatening illnesses or those who worked and trained hard were worthy of being our heroes, these days it seems the more vulgar and vile and outrageous one is, the more worthy he is of such idol worship. What does that say about us?

What does it also say that these "stars" make an obscene amount of money? They make far more than those responsible for educating our children, our true heroes. They make way more than our true heroes do, such as our fire fighters, military, the leaders of our country.

We certainly have our priorities wrong when we applaud sickening behaviour like what we often get from these stars and reward it with such large sums of money, and our teachers, firefighters and soldiers hardly get a thank you for all their hard work, and many of them don't earn enough to make ends meet.

When these sports stars who abuse animals, spouses and others are our heroes, should we really expect more from their fans and worshippers than what we saw the other night?

It makes me think of this song by Casting Crowns:
"Slow Fade"

Be careful little eyes what you seeIt's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the stringsBe careful little feet where you goFor it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself awayIt's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paidWhen you give yourself awayPeople never crumble in a dayIt's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hearWhen flattery leads to compromise, the end is always nearBe careful little lips what you sayFor empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray
It's a slow fade when you give yourself awayIt's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paidWhen you give yourself awayPeople never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your handsIs shorter than you're thinkingBe careful if you think you standYou just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself awayIt's a slow fade when black and white have turned to grayThoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paidWhen you give yourself awayPeople never crumble in a dayDaddies never crumble in a dayFamilies never crumble in a day
Oh be careful little eyes what seeOh be careful little eyes what you seeFor the Father up above is looking down in loveOh be careful little eyes what you see


Parents, be careful about who your children look up to as their heroes, as they will usually try to emulate who they look up to.

1 comment:

appleleaf said...

I agree with all that you said.
Many true heroes are those nameless ones who simply care for people. Those sports/film icons etc would probably get a shock if it occurred to them.
Untamed crowds are frightening things. They are full of people who would never dream of behaving in such a manner as individuals. I remember that from long ago Psychology lectures.
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