Wednesday, July 26, 2006

initial musings

As most people who know me realize, I'm an opinionated person. Not so as you would notice right away, but underneath it all, I have my ideas. I am, however, an equal opportunity listener. I welcome others' opinions -- if they use logic -- and have been known to change my mind on occasion. Anyone who reads this is requested to give their own ideas on these and other subjects.

I have a lot on my mind. Not just personal stuff but world stuff. Like our political leaders and the world economy and things going on in the middle east. And mental health care -- or the lack of it in Texas. And how we tend to overpay those folks who are in the entertainment industry and shortchange those who work to save lives and minds, to teach, to care for our children, and others I can't think of right now.

I also wonder why so many research breakthroughs take so long to get to the public sector. I understand about meds but what about psychological theories that could actually help everyday people lead better lives?

Why is Dr. Phil getting so rich and so famous off of other professionals' research? Most people think he is the embodiment of psychology and the epitome of mental health professionals. What a sad icon!

Why are so many ideas considered "new age" or "new thought" when they've been around for such a long time? And why does that nomer have such a negative connotation with so many people?

I also want parents to be required to take courses, pass tests, and be issued a license before they can raise children, by God!

And while we're at it, how about more how-to manuals? You know, for things like "Baby-Daddy for Dummies?" I'm open to suggestions for other such manuals.

Some jobs ought to be mandatory for every person who turns 18. Like they can choose 1 year of waiting tables, working in retail, or changing bedpans. I believe we'd have a much more humble, understanding, and appreciative workforce.

And I can't end this initial posting without recommending Madelyn Albright's new book, The Mighty and the Almighty. For the first time in my life, I think I might have an understanding of the connection between religion and politics in the Middle East. Um, maybe we could ask our elected representatives to read this? I don't know, just thinking it would be nice if a few of them knew what the heck they were talking about when they make speeches (that the whole world hears).