There really no excuse for not being on top of things in your life. No good reason not to be cognizant of your surroundings, or is there? If you are over 55 years of age I am sure you have had a senior moment or two in your life, but this is a different kind of confusion. The kind of confusion I am suffering from is in understanding the world I live in today.
I watch a lot of television like most people, and I try to watch the news for my information on world events. Unfortunately, none of the media seems to know the stories and instead give me their slanted versions of the the story. No, I am not talking about Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, I am talking about strictly the facts. Pappy goes to sleep about 11pm at night and upon awakening I watch Bloomberg or business news and Fox for current events. After sleeping, sometimes I forget many of the stories from the previous days events but get reminded in the morning. On occasion, the story changes from night time to the morning report, making me wonder, “Did I dream that story last night?”
Yes, we have a creative media. A media that creates its own stories out of nothing if it needs one bad enough.
They say the truth is stranger than fiction, but Pappy would like to be challenged to determine that for himself instead of by some copy writing, self publishing, backroom editor with an agenda. Since we are heading into a political season of slanted sayings , twisted slanderous stories, and misconstrued, malconstructed, miscellaneous, mischievous, misrepresentations, we at least deserve to know if its real or if its Memorex.
Remember the game we played as kids? We would whisper a secret in one person’s ear who would tell it to the next person in their own words until the last person in the class would say what they thought they had heard. “Mrs. Harper , our math teacher is having a bologna sandwich at lunch that she made last night at home.” It would come out “Mrs. Harper is full of bologna and this is her last night to be in her home to eat lunch.”
Its a miracle I tell you that we people get anything right with all of the stories that circulate about candidates, stars, and folks in the news. Have you ever noticed how the news reported is often enhanced and the story is repeated again and again if they really want you to hear it. Then in another piece of opposite opinion, it is hushed down to the bottom of circulation that runs contrary to the one that is constantly running? Who are these media types? Who is running the show behind the curtain? Where is Todo when you need a curtain puller?
Well,I guess its just show business plain and simple. But remember what one of our wise philosophers said many years ago from the song, “All Along the Watchtower” :
“No reason to get excited,”
The thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late”
Author: Jimi Hendrix
It seems the better the technology, the less the accuracy. We now have TV, radio, mail, Fed Ex, email, texting, cell phones, landlines, intranets, internets, bluetooth etc, but the all-elusive truth frequently remains buried at the bottom of the heap while the agenda story runs on page one.
Maybe ole Pappy will start reading his paper from the last page to the front, or upside down. Maybe I’ll quit emailing and texting. Or maybe, I’ll just write this blog. Be good and tell it like it is.. Pappy