Monday, May 2, 2011
Turns out that telling kids they are obese and grotesquely fat because they are lazy gluttons who are a pox upon our society, might actually be causing some of them to feel, you know, bad about themselves. The fact that overweight is still one of the main causes of bullying seems to escaped our hip, enlightened moral and intellectual superiors. But then, how can you care about overweight kids being bullied when the bullying is coming from the top down. That's not to say I don't think there is a problem with being overweight. It's an issue I struggle with daily. But let's face it, when you have airlines and transportation services beginning to tell overweight people that they can sit in the back of the bus or plane (or at least pay twice as much for the trouble), you know we've gone too far. It just cracks me up, in a sad way, how things have changed from our kinder, gentler society of yore. Which is why I don't take seriously all the latest sensitivities and dictates for a polite, caring culture. In the late 70s and 80s, the word 'fat' had become the latest F-word never to be uttered. Now look at it. Post-modernism: where eternal truths of good behavior are here today, gone later today.