Why I’m not ‘most people’

M. Kate West
Chester Editor

As we passed through yet another holiday season I found that I was conflicted about the old making a wish for Christmas and the making of a resolution for the New Year thing.

If I were to make a wish, it would be quite different from all the beauty pageant contestants portrayed in the film “Miss Congeniality.” I would not end every sentence with “and world peace.” Not because I don’t desire for all my global neighbors to live in harmony, but because the internal push behind wanting to make wishes in the first place has more to do with my being over the top, again, with the topics of choice being reported on the national news.

The fact that Paris Hilton tweeted, that Lady Gaga wore meat clothes or that Sarah Palin will make s’mores in defiance of Michelle Obama’s push for nutrition regulations in schools is not news folks. I would appreciate it greatly if you would stop littering my world with such drivel!

Continuing, I would also include reality television programs and about two-thirds of what you hear about politics from those major network quasi news programs in that same garbage bin of litter.

To me, the talking heads are like the old politically incorrect joke about how many of anything it takes to screw in a light bulb … how many different ways can television media say the same thing, repeatedly?

I would credit most folks with the ability to understand. If that’s so, why are we subjected to hearing the same news, different take, from so many?

If I were a teen today, I would say their reporting reminds me of the way my mother used to lecture — she didn’t just say it once, but usually two to three times and she would change it up a bit with each go-round.

I wonder if the television talking heads have figured out that they too are being tuned out and turned off as well?

I don’t think they’ve caught on yet. If they had, surely they might not take themselves so seriously … or is it that I’m supposed to be taking them seriously? My mother expected that, maybe they do too!

I especially have a tough time taking generalizations as fact. That is truly a pet peeve with me. Not all of anyone or anything wears the same size shoe, eats the same food, goes to the same church or believes all children should be in bed by 7 p.m.

Anderson Cooper recently uttered the phrase, “Most people want don’t ask, don’t tell repealed.”

Now, I would be willing to bet he hadn’t talked to most folks about that or any other topic so if he didn’t get it straight from the horse’s mouth I can’t get behind offering much credence to his statement.

Saying “most people” just doesn’t make it so, nor does looking steely eyed into the lenses of the camera, square jaw angled correctly.

Americans live daily with this persistent spouting of generalizations and then others wonder why trust is lacking.

If all you hear is what a personality thinks instead of what factually happened, how do you know what to believe?

How do you get to the bottom of what’s true or what’s not to gain the information necessary to make choices?

I don’t have an answer for that one myself. I think, ultimately, you just have to keep listening, sifting and relying on your own common sense as you move forward into tomorrow.

And in speaking of all the tomorrows to come, had I made a few Christmas wishes I might have asked for no more Jersey Shore Snooki, Bachelorette, Kardashians and, most definitely, no more Sarah Palin!

As to a New Year’s resolution, my personal goal is to reduce my self-induced agitation by turning the television off as soon as I hear the words “most people”!



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