I’ve been watching TV, because spring has not gotten here yet and one can only sleep and watch for spring for just so long. I’ve been knitting too, of course, but knitting requires something else to accompany it – a friendly conversation, perhaps. Or TV. Watching the news has given me cause to think about some things, and to want to comment about those things, so here I am. The photos accompanying these comments have no relationship to anything, other than my fascination with skies and sunrises and sunsets – so these are pictures of some of the pretty sunrises that Mother Nature has blessed us with this month.
There is the recently concluded trial of Ravi Dharum for the bullying, they call it that, of Tyler Clementi. I’m not certain it was bullying truly, but I am quite certain it was a prime example of the lack of concern for others, the absolute failure to consider ramifications of actions, that is demonstrated far too frequently these days. Perhaps it has always been that way, but in these days there is so much more opportunity to make public those feelings, those “casual” comments, to spread them far and wide. Tyler was not completely innocent, in my opinion. I think it inconsiderate of him to expect his roommate to disappear for several hours while he entertained his guest. I think perhaps it would have avoided a lot of problems had he and his guest found somewhere else to tryst. The end result of this lack of consideration, of this careless publication of private actions, was a tragedy. For everyone involved. The moral of the story, I believe? Think first. Consider first. Then act. There are some things in our lives that should be kept private.
Then there is the case of Trayvon Martin and the Neighborhood Watch Zimmerman. I think we will never know the whole story, which seems to be changing as it progresses. Or perhaps I just haven’t read thoroughly enough the original reports. My comment here is just this: why on earth is a neighborhood watch person carrying a gun? Why was Zimmerman carrying a weapon anymore deadly than a cell phone – the weapon he used to notify the police of his concerns? Maybe, when on a neighborhood watch tour, there should always be two. Two people with cell phones. And maybe a mace spray for protection. But guns? Loaded guns? Never!
And the German newspaper, Bild, which agreed (after some persuasion) to stop posting photos of topless models on its front page, in consideration of National Women’s Week. However – get this one – they will still be posting a photo of a topless model inside the newspaper. I’m sorry – when did topless models become news? And if we’re going to talk equality, how about some photos of men for us ladies? Although a topless man would not be unique, and I’m not sure I’d want to see more than that in my newspaper.
This could not end without mention of Snooky. Snooky, of the Jersey Shore fame – or infamy. Snooky is pregnant now, and has stopped drinking. Or is taking a break from drinking. How is Snooky going to explain her life to her child when that child becomes a teen and Snooky is trying to keep that teen from drinking and doing drugs and taking health risks with too much sexual freedom? Kind of hard to require a kid to follow the straight and narrow, or at least the relatively straight and narrow, when mom’s life has been so publicly decadent. Each to his own, I know, I know. Perhaps the bigger question is who is watching shows like Jersey Shore? Who is this audience that causes TV producers to come up with more and more reality shows that aren’t really very close to reality? I have not watched it myself, but I’ve read about it. Is it perhaps our standards, this society’s standards, that need re-evaluating? Maybe.
“The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory” – so said Paul Fix