story | ˈstôrē |
1 an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment
2 an account of past events in someone's life or in the evolution of something

Monday, April 27, 2009

Attention Deficit Disorder

Hey look, we're not focused on the economy anymore!

We all need a story to tell and this last weekend the story that most people we're propagating was about a new strain of swine flu instead of what's wrong with our economy. Over breakfast my family started spinning the pandemic fear and by the time our order arrived no one would dare eat bacon. Oh well, bacon isn't a very healthy food to eat anyway.

But it got me thinking. Do these stories that we pre-occupy ourselves with become top of mind because of the frenzied discussions of those around us or is there real meaning in what we choose to talk about? Of course, this blog post might be read someday as a pre-story to the end of the human race (presumably the pigs got the best of us in this story) but if this doesn't turn out to be a true pandemic then what can we learn from this experience?

Once the story is over it will be easy to dismiss it as a distraction. But in the heat of the moment, we find ourselves scrambling for survival, plotting how we are going to be the ones to make it out alive and pitting our survival as more important than that of our fellow man. My brother-in-law is wearing a mask to the Laker game tonight but I wonder how many people didn't eat processed food today? Seriously, if we're supposed to limit our exposure to this virus wouldn't it be best if we didn't go outside?

And that is exactly what health officials are advising...if you're sick. If you're not sick, then their counsel is to use common sense: wash your hands and stop picking your nose!

Until we call out the National Guard to assassinate all the pigs across the country I think I'll go along with life as if there were no such thing as a swine flu. And I won't snicker at you if you wear a surgical mask to the grocery store. I understand.

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