The Next Osama
The Lunatics Are On The Grass
A while back a friend sent me a link to a New York Times article entitled, Recorded Sex Comments Cost Calif. Lawmaker His Job (9:37 a.m., AP, 9/10/09). It read like any other salacious tidbit of news, not too different in perspective from the Enquirer except that it was well-written and had an edgy sarcasm. (Even the New York Times has taken up an Entertainment tonight style. It’s depressing, but that’s another article.)
Standard of “Care”
Are we allowed to check ourselves out of a hospital if we decide we no longer want any treatment? Are we allowed to refuse treatments offered, even if the doctors say they are the “standard of care?” Do we have to submit to vaccinations or swallow medications if we believe them to be harmful? What about our children? Can we choose for them without risking a prison sentence and our children becoming wards of the state?
It was early 2001 when we wrote our first book on Verbal First Aid (The Worst is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts). Since then, we’ve had 9/11, The Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay, yellow, orange, and red-alerts, the stock market crash and the unprecedented bailouts of multi-billionaires.
This is where I hope to begin a dialogue with you about viral fear, its impact on us as a culture, and its very personal effects on all of us. I plan on sharing my own stories and ideas about this phenomenon and I sincerely hope to hear yours.