28 Feb 2007 2 Comments
“0 Trans Fat”, “No Carb”, “Low-Carb”, “Sugar-Free”, “Low-fat”, “100% Natural”, “Organic”–go into the local grocery store and you are deluged with labels. What do those labels mean? Most people probably think those labels mean healthy (Oh, look, the jelly beans are 0 trans fat — that would be good for breakfast, huh?). So many people don’t bother to read the small print that has the list of ingredients. Let’s say you pick up a “100% Natural” granola bar (sounds healthy) but what if you stop and read the ingredients and the first ingredient is sugar? Is it really that healthy, now? Sugar is natural, afterall.
Don’t we do this with people? I think two of the (1000) things that bug me the most about politics is all of the labeling and the seemingly simple answers for complex issues. I won’t go into the simple answers now, and might not ever, but what about those labels? How quickly do we jump to conclusions just based on the political party someone supports? Do we read the fine print? Do we take the time to investigate further?
I was going to list some labels and stereotypes we love to throw around but I really don’t think I need to. I think we all know what labels we like to pin on people based on race, religions, age, etc., without reading the list of ingredients–without taking the time to think or ask questions. We even do it to ourselves, to feel like we belong maybe we stick a label on ourselves without thinking about the definition of that label. Labels put on products are there to help market them, is that what we do with labels on people? What do you think?
14 Feb 2007 Leave a comment
My Valentine’s Day started with three wonderful cards and the president in my living room. I hadn’t cleaned but he didn’t seem to mind. I assumed he was going to wish me a “Happy Valentine’s Day”, but he just went on and on about Iraq–priorities please! My son sat intently listening to every word out of his mouth, but then got frustrated and said “he just keeps repeating things, he really needs a main point.” I told my son that he should be a bit more respectful as he is our president (I agreed, but I don’t want my son, at nine, to be so cynical–that will come later as he learns about politics). Then Elmo came into the living room in the middle of the conversation and the president had to leave (they can’t be together in the same room–something about their view on global warming).
My husband did a great job for Valentine’s Day–didn’t even get one thing off of my don’t buy lists. He got me a spa day–I think because my legs are so hairy–my toddler saw me in shorts the other day and thought I was daddy. Anyway, he did good! Now, I’m in trouble–I bought him fuzzy dice! 😉
08 Feb 2007 Leave a comment
Now that’s a headline. It makes bloggers sound as if they are the outcasts of society. Edwards wants to give everyone a “fair shake”–even those blogger people. Even the castaways, the lepers of society More