I think about things too much. It’s a curse. I’ve always been in interested about current events around the world, because I believe it’s important to be aware of what’s happening. As I’ve said before in other posts, we all live together on this one planet, so I think you need to have some knowledge of what’s going on. But the difficult thing is trying to discern what really matters from what’s banal, trivial, and unimportant. You see it happening every day with people and their smartphones. It’s my anecdotal observation that a great many people are doing very unimportant things with these incredibly complex devices. Do you really need to watch television while standing on the sidewalk? Do you really need to surf the web while trying to navigate your way through a busy train station? Do you really need to sit down beside me on the bus and have a god awful conversation with someone on your smartphone about the fact that you’re on the bus (and I’m resisting the urge to grab your phone from you and hurl it out the window because I’m forced to hear about your terribly bland life?) The smartphone gives people freedom of choice, but are they really making good choices? I don’t think they are – but that’s a topic for another post.
Without further ado, here’s a list of recent events that made me start asking this question: Why should I care?
Starts channelling his frothing, rabid,
inner news talk radio personality
Why should I care if Toronto mayor Rob Ford was caught on video smoking crack cocaine?
I mean, really. He’s some morbidly obese, bull necked, Canadian redneck pinup boy who lives 3000 miles away from Vancouver. He’s Toronto’s problem, not mine. Should we care if an elected politician of a major Canadian city may have drug and personal issues that affect his ability to serve its citizens? Hey, the mayor’s brother Doug Ford says the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun newspaper reporters are all mindless jackals just looking to sell papers. They’re disgusting lowlifes who don’t have anything else to do. It’s all a spurious hatchet job with absolutely no basis in fact. I’m sure Doug Ford never really sold hashish in the 1980’s. Somebody is obviously lying. And the mayor’s former chief of staff was probably screwing up badly anyways – that’s why he was fired.
Why should I care?
Why should I care if Senator Mike Duffy’s $90,000 residential expense tab was paid off by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s now ex-chief of staff Nigel Wright?
I mean, who cares about politicians in Ottawa these days? Really. They get paid huge amounts of money to sit on their asses and congratulate themselves about how important they are to Canada. They don’t think about us, anyways. Why do we even bother electing MP’s to supposedly represent us? Isn’t that what most of us really think about federal politicians when we’re not trying to make a living so we can pay our bills, mortgages, and the kids’ education? What’s the big deal about some morbidly obese ex-TV news reporter with a greatly inflated sense of self who thought he deserved an extra $90,000 to cover his two homes? Does it really matter if ex-Chief of Staff Nigel Wright pitied the guy and generously cut him a cheque? After all, isn’t that what politicians do? Look after each other? I’m sure Stephen Harper knew nothing about it at all – he’s just so darned busy micro-managing everything else in his government that I know he just couldn’t have known that his personally chosen right hand man was giving away money without his knowledge. It makes perfect sense – doesn’t it?
Why should I care?
Why should I care if 48% of BC voters didn’t cast a ballot in the May, 2013 provincial election?
Adrian Raeside Times Colonist
I mean, come on! Why would anyone vote for those clowns? They don’t deserve our respect, do they? Just look at what they’ve done for BC in the last 12 years? Hey, did they do anything? They’re just businessmen who reward their friends with tax money because they can get away with it. And we all know the NDP are just a bunch of airy-fairy socialists who’ll spend us out of house and home. The Green Party are just tree hugging hipsters who haven’t a hope in hell of forming a government because global climate change is going to kill us all eventually. And the Conservatives are all closet American republicans in disguise who want to protect the wealthy and cut services from those people who are too lazy to go out there and become entrepreneurs. Besides, voting’s a pain. It takes too much time to vote. Voting Day is just a traffic jam. And advance voting days always happen when you’re doing other stuff. And you can’t be bothered to do an absentee ballot because it takes too much time. Besides, what difference does a vote make? Someone else will cover for me who thinks like I do. Not that any of these BC politicians will really represent my views, because they’re just in it for themselves.
Why should I care?
Why should I care if some mindless extremists hacked a guy to death in London, England?
UPI News Photo
Look. London is on the other side of the world from Vancouver. It’s not like someone is going to cut some guy’s head off at a Skytrain station. It couldn’t happen here, right? We don’t have Islamic extremists on the west coast. Those guys were just angry young men who got carried away. These things don’t happen all the time. Sure, they’re unnerving, and it’s too bad someone died, but that happens in Europe and Asia, where they’re closer to the Middle East. Besides, CSIS and the RCMP are on the case. They catch these fanatics before they act out. And that Boston bombing was all just Russian Chechen extremists. Al Qaeda’s dead as a terrorist organization, anyways. Canada hasn’t had bombings since the FLQ in the early 1970’s. And those were french separatist extremists.
Why should I care?
Yes, indeed. Why should we care – about what’s happening around us?
The Grumpy Ferret (Whose tongue was FIRMLY planted in cheek while writing this post!)