Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bubble Gum REALLY IS an Issue!

Wow! I'll tell you-I definitely did not expect the responses that you-fellow diners-have posted to my Bubble Gum post. If you've not read the comments, take a moment now, and read them at the link below:


If you haven't read the post, you can find it here:


I have to say, I'm very excited about the rash of responses. It's obvious that many of you really do care about the social issues facing us today-but it does concern me that a number of you tend to minimize the impact that bubble gum chewing has on our society, as a whole! It saddens me that we are so eager to jump on so many seemingly socially relevant issues, and we do so much to try to solve them-yet we ignore the REAL issues-the ones that really cause long term damage.

Let me ask you-where are the weekend long concerts dedicated to healing entire societies that are scarred by gum chewing? Where are the Washington think tanks? Where are the senate subcommittee hearings? Where are the Hollywood activists?

I know, I know: this is supposed to be mentally nutritious, and mental nutrition and politics are an oxymoron, so I won't charge this politically. In fact, please, don't post any politically charged comments here...this venue should be politically neutral. I'm only trying to say that, social norms have caused us to ignore the truly meaningful societal issues, and focus on "trendy" issues. I'm encouraged to see that you care. I only hope that more of you will come to the realization that, to do nothing is, in effect, criminal.

Thank you for your input! Please, continue to comment! Circulate this among your family and friends-freely! Whether you agree or not-let's have enlightened discussion; at least get the issue out there!


K said...
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K said...

Personally, I do not believe that the 'Bubble Gum Controversy' is really an issue, however, it has sparked an interest in me. What other societal issues may have stemmed from something so simple as in this case a stick of gum?? Could wars have been eliminated or gang voilence stopped altogther had children not partaken in these acts?? I may be just an unlearned young adult but you may be onto something...

PJ said...

Well, gotta say, K-very insightful (and well-written, if I might add), comment. I have to say, though, I'm disappointed that you remained unconvinced regarding one of the real issues facing us as a society today. Perhaps, with time... At any rate, come back, ok? I enjoyed hearing from you, and have a feeling you have other, important and insightful, things to say!