I was awake at 4:30 this morning, at the hospital, working miracles, saving lives. I had finished up a case and was looking at the weather radar before going back to crawl under my rock and try for a little shuteye.
One of the friendly nurses approached me and handed me a pink ribbon. "What is this for?" I asked. I was told it was to "increase awareness" about the abduction of Holly Bobo. Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard about the alleged abduction of this 20 year old girl who lives just a few miles away from Mr. and Mrs. Grouch.
I smiled and politely declined. "I don't do ribbons," I declared.
The nurse seemed shocked and puzzled. I explained that I was about as aware of Holly Bobo as I was going to get and wearing a ribbon was not going to make me or anyone else any more aware.
I went on to explain that wearing ribbons, posting bulletin after bulletin on Facebook, posting and reposting the news in your Facebook status, or changing your profile picture to a pink ribbon was simply a waste of time and was not going to do a damned thing to enhance the chances of finding Holly Bobo.
And yet that is about ALL I have seen on Facebook for the past couple of days. This seems to be a major pastime on Facebook. I see requests for people to repost in their status to "increase awareness", if they know someone who has had cancer, if they loved their dead mother, if they are against child abuse........the list of causes goes on and on. The fact of the matter is that this stuff is just a waste of time. The only thing it ultimately accomplishes is to make the person doing it "FEEL BETTER". Symbolism over substance and this is why I do not participate.
Am I sad and concerned that Holly Bobo is missing? Of course! Do I hope she is found safely? Absolutely! Am I concerned this happened so close to home? For sure! This is why I carry a gun every day and everywhere I go. So does sweet Wifey.
Wearing a pink ribbon is not going to make me feel a bit better or make me more aware. If people need to be aware of anything they need to be aware that there are a lot of evil lunatics out there. They need to be aware that carrying a gun is their constitutional right. They need to be aware of their surroundings and they need to THINK AHEAD and avoid putting themselves in positions that increase their risk.
As for Holly Bobo, I hope she is found, safe and sound. Sadly in life bad things often happen to good people and we frequently never know the reason why. The sun shines and the rain falls on the righteous and the evil alike.
There is just something about this idea of engaging in useless tasks just so one can FEEL BETTER that bugs me. I have to think this activity is something over time that has been perpetrated by the liberal left. It is easy to do stuff to make yourself feel better about a tragic situation. It is a lot harder to actually get up off your butt and do something definitive and productive to change a bad situation. It is very easy to confiscate money from hard working Americans and give it away to someone else. Liberals FEEL SO MUCH BETTER as long as they are giving away someone else's money. I have heard my friend Rush Limbaugh say on many occasions that being a liberal is the easiest thing in the world. He's right. Relying on yourself and REALLY making a difference.....that's hard.
It wouldn't surprise me that if before long they started dispatching GRIEF COUNSELORS to our area to HELP the local residents FEEL BETTER. Sorry folks, but I just don't have much use for grief counselors. In fact when I was a kid and a young person I don't ever remember hearing of such a thing. Indeed this appears to be an invention of our modern times as we relinquish more of our self control and self esteem to someone else (often the government) just so we can FEEL BETTER.
In my life good things have happened to me as well as bad. I have lost 2 parents, other loved ones and friends. Never did I need a grief counselor. Never did I feel the need to wear a pink ribbon or accept a government handout. No, instead I GOT OVER IT, threw my ass over my shoulder, and moved forward with my life. I choose not to dwell on the bad rather to plan for a better future.
So if you want to wear a pink ribbon and change your Facebook picture or post and repost the same old thing on your status just so you'll feel better, go right ahead. I won't be joining you.
Driving home from town a little while ago I noticed pink ribbons on cars, churches, the hospital, telephone poles, and a school bus. What is sad is that many of the people posting these ribbons really think they are making a difference.......SIGH!