I was reading my "O, The Oprah Magazine" the other day when I came across something that I must say got my knickers in a bit of a twist. Before I get into details I should tell you that as the gal at Rocks in my Dryer would say, "I am pretty sure that I am part of the vast right wing conspiracy." I was a liberal for a few minutes in my early twenties, until my husband (fiance at the time) and I started our own business and really started to understand the whole tax thing and back to conservative I went. I consider myself open minded and thoughtful regarding the issues, I subscribe to Oprah for God's sake.
Getting back to what got me in a froth. It's a small article entitled "A Million Ways to Save the World", and it is written by a playwright that started a movement 10 years ago to end violence against women and girls. Now that is a great premise and great cause and one I, obviously, still support even after reading the rest of the article. This particular piece did not outline her work in these areas specifically, but instead showcased 4 quotes from "the best brains around the globe" on their "earth-fixing" ideas. I will be paraphrasing and inserting my own interpretations of their quotes as I go along, just so you know. If anything is taken directly from the piece you will see the all important quotation marks, rest assured.
The first quote came from a woman author and was fairly innocuous. She feels that we should be communicating more in sort of random acts of kindness ways to lift sorrow and despair. O.K. I can be on board with that, although I'm sure some of our very green friends would balk at her suggestion that we actually send a letter or postcard--yes the paper kind, gasp! Next in line the one and only Jane Fonda. Her solution? To promote a sort of "feminist masculinity, if you will", still not real sure what this means, but I am going with let's be hands on,interactive parents to both our boys and girls to raise GOOD PEOPLE no matter what their gender. Again, not an award winning quote, but it could have been worse considering her track record.
Now is when it starts to get juicy. The next 2 quotes had me pacing the floor, thinking "can they really be serious". And this was supposed to be a little light reading at bedtime! James Gilligan, an author whom I am guessing has sold more than one book, otherwise why would anyone care what the hell he has to say, has basically decided that in order to show "love in action" we need to "elect a democrat as president" to "reduce the size of the gap in income between the rich and the poor. In other words, we need to become either a socialist or communist country. Hmmmmmmmmmm, o.k., NOT! More in a moment, because then I get to the "Pulitzer prize winning author", Michael Cunningham. Who, again I am guessing has sold a couple of books and made a few dollars along the way, just a guess though... He would like us all to basically verbally lambaste any SUV driving citizen we see and not "eat anything that's been shipped form more than 100 miles away, don't allow any purchases to be put into a plastic bag, and don't drive or fly unless it's absolutely necessary". Also, we should be extra excited about paying extraordinarily high taxes, 'cause "our money won't do us much good in an exhausted world." Wowee, wow, wow. O.k. for starters I am all about trying to be as green as possible. I recycle, AND I go so far as to pick the recyclable stuff my husband throws away, out of the garbage and take to the recycling bin. How about that, huh?! But correct me if I am wrong, but aren't all his wonderful "Pulitzer Prize" winning books printed on PAPER? And might there have been a couple of printings seeing as how it won an award and all, and isn't it the realm of possibility that his books have been shipped more than 100 miles to their final destination? Also, to Mr. Gilligan, isn't that whole "love in action" a lovely thought, but I have yet to receive my portion of your, Ms. Fonda's, or Mr. Cunningham's profits from your latest projects to fill the gap in our incomes. This is just a guess, but I am thinking you may have been paid a teensy bit more than me recently. Guess what else, I haven't sent any of my money to help fill someone else's gap either, unless it was to a charity of MY CHOOSING, and there are lots of those.
My point? We live in a country where people get paid exorbitant amounts of money for their creativity and thank God we do. While I am sure what you have both written (Mr. Gilligan and Mr. Cunningham) and what Ms. Fonda has performed is vastly entertaining, let's face it, you haven't found the cure for cancer or HIV or anything else of this magnitude, so you are probably by most standards grossly overpaid. However, I know that there was also a time, when you were probably not overpaid and maybe even lived below the poverty level, but did you resort to violence? NO! You persevered, worked harder than anyone else you know, and SUCCEEDED! And that my friends is what makes this country the greatest country on the planet. I, for one, am looking forward to being in the overpaid category, so God grant me the courage and the strength to Keep on keepin' on until I get there! God Bless America!
O.k. I will get down from my soapbox now, hope I didn't scare any of you!