Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Top Ten Things I Just Don't Understand

alternate title: top 10 rants

totally random, totally as a result of thinking too much
in no particular order

1- I don't understand why our local 6 o'clock news starts at 5:58 so when you tune in at 6 you have already missed the top new story- you know the one you tuned in to see, which lately has been the weather.

2- I don't understand why politicians only seem to care about re-election or making sure the other party doesn't get anything accomplished.  Is this really helpful and beneficial?  I was listening to something on NPR the other day and they mentioned that Republicans in Congress plan to oppose anything Democrats do.  Are you kidding me?  How old are we?  Is anything ever going to get done?  This leads me to my next thing. .

3- I don't understand why there are quite a few Christian figures/leaders/pastors/whatever but you know who they are, who are political and lean heavily to one political party over the other.  I just don't get it.  They don't come across to me as being loving and accepting and well like Jesus, but that is just my opinion.

4- I don't understand why taking responsibility for our actions, decisions, etc has gone out the window.  It seems like it is always excuse after excuse after excuse, and that there is no accountability, no consequences, just point the finger at someone else.  For example, not all parents, but there are some that do not take responsibility for the education of their children,  They feel it is the schools' responsibility to teach their children as well as feed and clothe them.  I wouldn't be surprise if in the future public boarding schools begin and become the norm.  We will excel in comparison to other countries in K-12 grade education until parents value education and take some responsibility for it.

5-  I don't understand how there are decisions that we make that don't have correct answers.  I like things to be black and white and there are so many things that aren't, and sometimes they can get to me.  Especially as a parent, we want the best for our children, but trying to figure out what the best is can be confusing.  Confused?  Let's see there is newborn circumcision, to snip or not to snip; vaccines, are you going to cause harm or prevent harm; BPA, pesticides, herbicides, and all the other toxins out there we should try to avoid;  and the list goes on and on.  I have made decisions for myself and my family and I think I have made the right decisions, yet there is information and people out there who can make my seemingly good decisions horrible and wrong.  In addition to that, some of my decisions I don't even always feel comfortable discussing with others because I feel like I will be crucified for making a "bad" decision. 

6-  Decisions and fear of making the wrong decision especially for my children leads me to my next rant.  I don't understand how parenting got to be so darn materialistic.  It is so easy to fall into the trap of having to have the best toys and gadgets especially when many things support some of the decisions I made in #5.  In reality children will play with kitchen utensils over some fancy battery operated toy and babies prefer to be held then put in some fancy contraption, and even the baby wearing device doesn't have to be fancy, whatever works

7- I don't understand why motherhood is so competitive.  Is it the need to feel important since a lot of the time we feel invisible?  This competitive nature drives the materialism and the decision making choices especially on those controversial decisions (#5).

8- I don't understand why people don't understand that shopping locally is better in so many ways then shopping online or with big corporations.  Note-there are exceptions to the rule- etsy- though online I would consider to be shopping local.  I guess to rephrase, I don't understand why people prefer big business to small business.  I do shop at Walmart, we don't have a lot of money, but I do try as much as I can do shop locally and keep the money flowing to small, locally owned businesses.

9- I don't understand designer fashion or more specifically Gilt and other websites that sell designer stuff on sale, it is still expensive and most of the things I have seen don't seem worth the money.  Even more specifically, I don't understand spending lots of money on something that will be out of fashion in a blink of an eye.  Spending a load of cash on a couch, a house, a car, I can understand, but clothes, a bra, I just don't get it, but that is just me because I am poor.

and finally
10-  I don't understand why turn signals and other auto courtesies are not used anymore. Heck, I don't understand why we are such a self-absorbed society that we only care about ourselves, our goals, and our destination, especially in the car.  There are exceptions to the rule and I am not always the most courtesy driver, but it seems overall we are rude when we get behind the wheel.

So there is my list of things I just don't understand RANTS!


oh amanda said...

Oh blinkers. I hear you!

Glad you got that all off your chest! :)

Krista said...

Wow! This is such an awesome list! I found myself shaking my head in agreement on all your points! Seems pretty easy, but why is it so hard for some people? Great job!

Yamin said...

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