Funny, I didn’t even realize Jimmy Carter was an ally in fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics. Good Guy Jimmy.
Because I know people will say it, “doing jackshit” doesn’t necessarily mean taking away people’s guns, or anything like that. “Doing jackshit” could mean admitting we don’t care about being better people, that we don’t work hard enough at teaching our children values and morals, that we simply don’t care enough. We don’t identify mental illness well enough, we don’t spend enough time on the good, and focus too hollowly on the bad. We don’t take bad events as opportunities to create good. We just use them to bring eyeballs to the TV and say “see how bad it is out there.” That’s not fucking good enough.
I hate the fact that we live in a world where the comedians are making the most sense out of some of the toughest issues facing our society. And the worst part of that absurdity is how long it’s been true.
John Green nailed a discussion on the problems of health care spending quite a while back in a video many have seen. This followup is really interesting, and it’s worth appreciating the balanced look at what the law has and hasn’t done, and more specifically, how it isn’t really solving the problem.
I kinda feel like Hank and I should be best friends.
This is just for fun. Though the list is certainly incomplete without Neodesha and Lacygne.
I share this as a reminder that we should always question if our individual experiences and perceptions are representative of the challenges and problems of others. This is a fundamental building block of sympathy, and developing the skills and motivation to help fight the fights with and for people even though we ourselves might not suffer their plight first-hand.
I’m going to plan on saying something about this shortly. Might be a couple more days though. I’m interested to hear how members of Congress react first.