A World Gone Mad

Has the world gone mad? That’s a question I find myself asking DH a lot lately. He’s used to it by now and knows that there’s no easy answer. He probably thinks that I read the “wrong” things and that I think too much. Is that possible? I don’t know. Below, in no particular order, are some things that are stressing me out today.

I’m not going to go into a long diatribe about Octomom today, but I’m still wondering how a single welfare mother of 14 children can take care of all of the physical, emotional, social, and financial needs of her family. A person’s thinking has got to be somewhat “twisted” to even consider bringing another child into the world when you already have six that you aren’t able to provide for, without assistance from the government, that is. It also strikes me as funny that she’s decided to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling. Counseling. Wonder who her clients will be and what kind of help she will provide.

Also on my list are the employees at Clemson and USC who have received big bonuses and raises while those on the lower echelons have not. To add insult to injury, tuition has soared, supposedly because of “costs.” Costs of what? The raises and bonuses of a select few? While I’m on the subject, why does a college education cost more in SC than in any other southern state?

Moving along, I read a great editorial last week about the legislators in SC who can draw pensions that are nearly 50 percent more than their salary for the rest of their lives. On the other hand, state employees who retire after 30 years of service can expect to receive a pension equal to 43 percent of their former salaries. Huh?? 

Then there’s the guy (Madoff) who bilked people out of millions of dollars, leaving many of them penniless, who is still considering how to keep his family fortune solvent.  He’s deeply sorry for the pain he’s caused. Hmmm. He’s 70, so maybe he can spend the rest of his life in prison pondering just how severely his actions have hurt others.

A couple of weeks ago, a child in Sumter died of starvation. He was 18 months old and weighed nearly nine pounds.  I saw a photo of his parents in the newspaper and couldn’t help but notice that his mother had a weave in her beautifully coiffed hair.  When my grandson was born a month ago, he weighed in at 9 lbs. and 9 oz., big in terms of a newborn, pathetically small for an 18 month old.

While some children are starving, America also has a huge (pun intended) problem with obesity. According to Feldman in Development across the Lifespan, 15% of American children are obese, a rate that has tripled since the 1960s.

Lest we forget, there’s Darfur. No, I can’t go there today. I find my throat closing up just thinking about the horror of life there.

Should I mention the AIG “issue” or let it pass for today? Think I’ll wait on that one until after I see what happens in Washington this morning.

I can’t resist mentioning that some folks are gravely concerned that Michelle Obama has been baring her arms in public. “It’s simply not done,” they exclaim. Well, apparently it IS done. She’s the first lady and she can go sleeveless wherever and whenever she pleases.  Quite frankly, I’d probably follow her lead if I had arms like hers. But I digress. What I want to know is why people zero in on something like her arms when people are being slaughtered in Darfur, bilked out of the fortunes by preying vultures, and starved by their own parents?

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad? Has it always been this way, or am I just awakening to the vileness of some of my fellow humans?


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

5 thoughts on “A World Gone Mad”

  1. It’s always been the same mix of wonder and horror. Sometimes it all seems to come upon us at once. Sometimes I have to take a news break just to replenish my faith in mankind.

    Yesterday I read an article about the women in Africa who are raped by machetes and then shunned by their own people for being ‘unclean’. My heart breaks for these women and I find myself very angry at the men who perpetrate it, or the parents who starve their children and think that they’ve done nothing wrong.

    The only way to change the world is to stand up and speak out, and I think you are doing that.

    I don't know whether speaking out will help or not, but I'm trying to be braver about it. If no one says anything, that seems to be a way of condoning all this "stuff."

  2. I have to agree with Hayden…it has always been a mixed bag of wonder and horror. I am an overly sensitive person and the plights of others make me so sad and angry…it seems intolerable. I have to take a news fast myself…I don’t stick my head in the sand ostrich like…I just have to protect my psyche somedays!

    Me too Connie. Getting back to Hayden's comment about the women in Africa, I don't think that many people even know about it; either that, or they just can't believe such horror could exist while we're blithely going about our day-to-day lives.

  3. It’s on days like these that I think the Second Coming can’t come soon enough – I can’t wait till the drama is all over and we can live in peace!


  4. The more things change the more they stay the same.

    I think a fameous/witty person once said that.

    Are you saying it's always been like this? I once asked my parents about the events in Germany before and during World War II, and they said it seemed so far away, so distant, so vague.

  5. I would venture to say that man(kind) has not changed all that much over the centuries.

    What has changed is our ability to disimenate/receive the information.

    But of course that pure speculation on my part.

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