I’m frying up some bacon, so let’s make this quick. I woke up this morning to a news story about a man with Tourette’s Syndrome that was thrown off a JetBlue plane (prior to take off) for blurting out the word “bomb”. The pilot heard him say it and deemed the man a threat, although the man explained his condition. They tossed him off the plane and gave him a free round trip ticket on any JetBlue flight instead. Now, if this doesn’t boil your nuts, I don’t know what will! If it doesn’t then allow me to convince you with my rant.
This world has become one giant soft spot on a baby’s head. We’re so sensitive that we can’t even rely on common sense or common decency. Our laws and corporate regulations have forced us into this weariness and hyperbole. We spend our time worrying about things that will never happen to us, because “they” tell us to worry. Oh sure, they also tell us to go on living our normal lives, be productive, contribute to the common good, but why should we? Why should we contribute to the common good when we can’t even use our common sense? It’s all around us. Everywhere you look, there is a warning, a rule, a regulation that is unwarranted.
I’m looking at a bottle of bleach right now and it says on the back, “Harmful if swallowed. Do not get in eyes.” Listen, if you’re dowsing your baby blues with bleach to get the redness out then you deserve everything you get in life. If you’re gargling a mouthful of toilet bowl cleaner to help fight gingivitis then you shouldn’t be missed when you’re gone. And just so you know, shampoo burns your eyes, gasoline is flammable, and a bomber doesn’t go around blurting out the word “bomb” before he blows something up.
Despite popular belief, if someone is going to kill you, or a hundred people, or thousands, they are not going to warn you first. Life isn’t a comic book. It isn’t an action movie. The villain doesn’t monologue before he dumps you into a tank full of sharks. No, instead, the bad guys just pull the trigger, press the detonation button, or light the fuse. The Boston bombers did not yell out bomb before setting them off and a terrorist boarding a plane will not confide in a stranger that he has a bomb before take off. And for the record, he’s not going to confess that he has a bomb when the TSA shlub with the rubber glove asks if he has any weapons. Stop asking!
Point is, the word bomb is not a threat. A bomb is a threat. In the meantime, we let jackasses like Richard Falk go around saying whatever he wants in the U.N. I’ll save that rant for another time. Until then, don’t let “them” tell you how to think. Use your noggin. Be an individual. For the love of everything good and pure, have some dignity.