Jul 26

Hoo Cares

Hoo Cares

by William Roberts

What is the proper role of government? What economic policies will benefit society? Will pursuing actions for the greater good be good for you? The answers to these questions could possibly perhaps almost potentially play what may or may not be a significant role in some aspect of your life; however, most people neither know the answers to these questions nor whether it is even important for them to know. They simply act like ostriches. That is right; I just said the majority of people you know are giant birds. What are you going to do about it?

You might disagree and say that the majority of Americans do not resemble overgrown flightless creatures, but I stand by my original accusation. When it comes to politics, it is hard to distinguish these creatures from the average college student. Go ahead and ask young adults about the effects of ever increasing national debt and you will start to see the resemblance. Will these individuals grow curious and try to seek out information or even a way to solve the problem? Nope. They will try to ignore the situation and delve into mindless pursuits; such as, googling what the new reality star was arrested for or watching a new YouTube video where a kitten does something cute. The majority will simply stick their heads in the sand and ignore any actual threat that might be around the corner.

Should we blame people for trying to ignore scary things that they hear about on the news? Is it so bad to tune out those incompetent politicians, who are more inclined to point fingers than point out an actual solution? To answer these questions, I return to my fine feathered friend, the ostrich. How does his strategy work for him or her? Well, if Mr. or Mrs. Ostrich sees a lion, it is likely to become quite distressed, and for good reason: the lion might try to eat them. So what can they do to reduce their stress and regain a pleasant outlook on life? Fighting is pointless, because they would most likely lose. They could run, but that is hard work. The easiest solution is to simply stick their head in the sand and chill. In the short-term, this strategy is highly effective. The removal of the negative visual stimulus results in a significant decrease of distressing emotions. From a long-term perspective, this plan has a few drawbacks; chief among them, being eaten to death by a lion.

What am I saying? Will you be eaten to death if you do not pay attention to what the politicians are doing? Most likely, you will not be mauled to death by large carnivorous beasts, but you will not know for sure unless you are paying attention. Politicians can be slipperier than eels lathered in grease and more conniving than a James Bond villain living in a hollowed out volcano. If you do not watch them, you could be eaten by a lion.

Well, if ostriches are out, what should you be? You should be an owl. First off, they can fly, which will make it harder for the lions to eat you; however, there are other characteristics of this fine feathered creature that are significantly easier to emulate. Their night vision is a definite advantage, since it is necessary to keep an eye on politicians and government in general, even at night. Also, we should imitate owls, because they are very inquisitive creatures, always asking who.

In conclusion, do not be an ostrich. Their ignorance of their surroundings will be their undoing. Eternal vigilance is needed; be an owl.


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