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It has been two weeks since my last newsletter, but I released two more shows. Episode #65, Sinister People, and Episode #66, Societal Implosion, are topically related which makes it truly depressing. Is our society doomed?
I am confused. Why do we believe athletes are heroes. I guess in parts of society there are no real heroes, so we make them. I was told recently, being poor is like having crabs in a bucket. The crab at the top of the bucket can sense freedom, but if he tries to escape, the other crabs will pull him back into the bucket. He will never be allowed to escape because the others cannot. Most of our professional athletes come from humble beginnings. Less than 1% become millionaires, but wen they do, they are held in such high regard, but have not been taught how to handle success.. These athletes bring baggage with them. They are expected to take care of their families, their neighbors, but never themselves. Often, they bring learned domestic violence, child abuse, and negative relationships with them. Over the past two seasons in the NFL, we have had Aaron Hernandez commit multiple murders, Adrian Peterson commit child abuse, several players beating their wives and girlfriends, multiple drug offenses, DUI’s with one confirmed death, and finally, Jovan Belcher shooting his pregnant girlfriend and returning to the Kansas City Chiefs’ facility to kill himself in front of others. Professional athletes are not perfect, and all of us have flaws, but choose your heroes wisely, understanding that inevitably, they will let you down at some point.
The last two weeks, the NFL has been skewered by domestic violence, child abuse, and drugs. Are you telling me that other major corporations do not have these same issues? You’re telling me there are no wife beaters, child abusers, pedophiles, major drug users, or murderers in all of Apple, JP Morgan Chase, Exxon, or Facebook? You are kidding yourself. I’m almost glad this happened in the NFL because obviously, before now, no one gave a crap about women being beaten, children being beaten, or taking illegal drugs. We, as a nation, are hypocritical, and the witch hunt is in full swing. Nothing purifies our souls more quickly than persecuting others.
Some people believe our society is making progress, others believe society is imploding. Today, we should look for long term solutions for abuse issues and quit sticking our fingers in the dyke. It is 2014 and domestic abuse has happened throughout our million years on this planet. A stronger stance is imperative, but implementing the solution will be dificult. We are a country who likes to talk about issues, but we rarely solve them. Look at marriage. The divorce rate is 40 to 50% in the United States. Before a divorce happens, couples try to wok it out, however, after a few weeks the issues inevitably return. This is exactly what we are going to do with domestic violence and child abuse. Inevitably we will come up with a solution that we implement. Once it is in play, things will get better, and we will forget it was ever an issue. The problem is abuse will creep back into our daily lives.
Although I allotted most of my time to domestic violence and child abuse, I did cover other topics including Kanye West’s bad behavior, Matthew Todd Miller, the Ukraine-Russian Conflict, Joe Biden, autism, heroin, Keith Obermann, Philadelphia’s extortion racket, and Maria Shriver’s affair.
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