THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Saturday, May 24, 2014
Problems, We have
A cranky opinion for:
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a
cranky old man.Much of it is tongue in
cheek and a bit sarcastic, don’t get all riled up the world is angry
enough.Opposing opinions are welcome,
but they will probably be ignored.And
please, no name calling…that means you, you big stupid head!!
opinion is in no way meant to minimize the problems we suffer in today’s world.It is an attempt to put things in
perspective and show how far we have come.It is to suggest we all catch our breath and enjoy what we have for at
least a minute before going off tilting
at windmills.Today’s windmills are
molehills compared to the mountains of days gone by.
sought three things; food, shelter and sex.If he had those three things he was happy.Those things were not easy to come by.There was a lot of bad shit going down back
in the day.
cold could become pneumonia and end any dreams our ancestors may have had.Any infection was a death sentence before
antibiotics.A night at the pub could end
up with a bashed head and a life as a sailor.Being impressed was not that impressive.
To those who
had nothing, religion was all they had, but
you worshiped the God you were told to worship.You didn’t have to; you could let them burn
you at the stake…your choice.
If you had
any money you banked and shopped in a world ruled by monopolies.You paid what they told you to pay and you
bought what the monopolies sold.You had
a choice, buy what they sold or make it yourself.
popular especially in the west.Everyone
had one, and everyone carried one because there was pretty much no law
enforcement.It was not a good idea to
piss anyone off.
all bad.There was slavery.Slavery made much of life bearable by eliminating
most of the difficult, uncomfortable jobs.Of course it was only a good thing if you owned yourself some
people.Being owned was not so great.
They say the
more things change, the more they stay the same.Really? Look at the things in the news today
that rattle the fillings of our citizenry.
We have a
professional football team with a name that many find to be offensive…Oh the humanity!
workers flipping burgers at fast food restaurants are not paid a living
wage.There is a movement to pay them
more.Fast food restaurants serve
unhealthy food that is making people fat.There is a movement to put them out of business.Success of the former movement just might
result in the success of the later.Big problem!
are dangerous, and people have to endure second hand smoke.There is a movement to make them illegal or
at least not allow them to be consumed within 100 feet of another human
being.Being a victim is such a problem!
ancestors worried about going hungry, we worry about getting fat.
argued overpopulation would cause us to run out of food.We worry about the genetically modified food
that is needed to feed our overpopulation.Yes, we do have problems.
healthcare system is expensive and over complicated.Healthcare was much easier when it consisted
of a couple of doctors on horses who carried black bags and told you to get
your life in order becauseyou were
going to die.When life expectancy goes
from 45 years to 75 years it does cause problems.There was no problem with healthcare when we
had no healthcare.Medicine was cheap
when we had no medicine.Problems!
We have too
many rich people in the world today, apparently that is a problem.Many of the poor today would be wealthy
beyond people’s dreams 100 years ago.There never used to be homeless people, only slaves and indentured
Yes we have
big problems today.Soda is a problem,
it is not good for you and apparently people are forced to drink it.Smokers are switching to electronic
cigarettes.These solve the second hand
smoke issue, but isn’t it really cheating?I think they should be stopped.So many issues. People who do not believe in God are forced to see symbols of other people's beliefs in public places. OM? We do have problems!
today will be solved.That is a good
thing, but there will always be problems.Years from now young people will march on Washington demanding more
places to land their flying scooters, faster moving sidewalks, and climate
controlled parks. They will want to make
meat, gluten, peanut butter, dairy, and saturated fats illegal.Tobacco products will be non-existent.
The preceding was the opinion of a
cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.