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How far we’ve (not) come



What do you see?

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem that is spreading across the Internet:

Cranky Old Man:
What do you see nurses? What do you see?

What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice, ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice the things that you do.
And forever is losing a sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse. You’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten, with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters who love one another
A young boy of sixteen with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at twenty my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five, now I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A man of thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty, once more, babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me. My wife is now dead.
I look at the future. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own.
And I think of the years, and the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles. Grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, A young man still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people. Open and see.
Not a cranky old man.
~From Facebook group “Positive Change on Earth”~

The Disney way of life

So you remember as a kid watching old Disney movies? And thinking back the morals they had? The parents just wanted the best for their children, children respect parents, they look for their one true love, they have a lovely white wedding and live happily ever after. Well Disney seems to have decided to keep the morals exclusively for films and disregard any of it on their channel.
When I was down visiting my partner’s family with him they were having trouble with their eight year old daughter who wasn’t respecting them, demanded more and more clothes and refused to behave. We couldn’t work it out until we were watching the Disney channel.
The children strut around with the parents being represented as stupid, the girls are obsessed with fashion and which boy they’re going to date next and take the mickey of each other. Rather than encouraging girls to be successful they had one mini episode where there was a boy and a girl fighting it out to be head of year, to win they start off saying their policies, then just go into general insults she says she likes him, they go off screen and he comes back covered in red lipstick kisses and says to vote for her…what is this teaching young girls??? Even my partner who enjoys a sexist joke as much as the next man was shocked and said it was too far.
The kids disrespecting their parents is ridiculous. They take the mickey and make it look like the children are more intelligent than the adults, which meant my partner’s little sister would turn around and gob off her parents hecause that’s what she’d been watching for the last hour.
The girls always talk about partying, being famous and clothes…what is that encouraging them to grow up to be? A wag? Great.
Because of this his sister see’s school as a chance to make her boyfriend ‘love her’ even more and wanted clothes despite her parents being in financial trouble. They can’t give them to their daughter so she screamed in the middle of a shop.
You could say it was down to bad parenting, but how can you teach an eight year old girl when everything you say is being undone by the tv?
One episode a relationship broke up, and within ten minutes she had a new boyfriend and said

“i don’t mind [about having to play in a band with her ex] I’ve got a new one[boyfriend] now” which just oozes morality.
These programmes are aimed at kids her age. And all they’re teaching her is to misbehave. Me and my partner suggested they block the channel and four months later she’s like a new girl. She occasionally has a slip up but all children do, she did as her mum said, she was polite and respectful and it was amazing to see.
So the point of this is; keep an eye on what your children are watching and what it is teaching them. It’s all harmless good fun but young children mimick what they see. So if a tv character is rebellious…the child will be.
So just keep watch for it…

Don’t be so quick to judge

Question 1:
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she had an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response to this one.

Question 2:
It it time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates
Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults astrologists. He’s had two mistresses he also chain smokes and drink 8-10 Martinis a day
Candidate B: He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
Candidate C: He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never committed adultery

Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first…no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate B is Winston Churchill
Candidate C is Adolf Hitler
And by the way, on your answer to the abortion question…if you said yes you just killed Beethoven

Maybe the faults on your side of the pitch…

No One is Unique

u·nique:   adjective

1. Existing as the only one or as the sole example; single;solitary in type or characteristics:
 a unique copy of an ancient manuscript.
2. Having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable: Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint.
3. Limited in occurrence to a given class, situation, or area: a species unique to Australia.

4. Limited to a single outcome or result; without alternative possibilities: Certain types of problems have unique solutions.
5. Not typical; unusual: She has a very unique smile.
6. The embodiment of unique characteristics; the only specimen of a given kind: The unique is also the improbable.
If everyone is unique then surely being unique becomes normal?
You’re not the sole example of being unique because everyone is…
If everyone is unique then you’re all alike and paralleled in uniqueness…
You’re not unique to you’re area because everyone is…
We’re all limited to different outcomes: doctor’s, teachers etc, so we’re not all limited to the certain outcome of the same thing…
If everyone is unique it becomes the typical…
And if everyone embodies unique characteristics then what is unique about the unique characteristics?
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