Mud Fights-The Social ContractPosted Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 9:15 PM
We used to have some awesome mud fights in our family. It was fun until someone accidentally or intentionally put a rock in a mud ball and then the fight turned into something that ceased to be fun.
Over the years, we have seen a deliberate attempt to put rocks in the mud balls being thrown around by the media and other individuals who claim to be journalists, entertainers or politicians.
It doesn't matter what side of the pond that you find yourself on in this game of life, we all need to make a choice to have a cease-fire. The pond has become stagnant with no sign of life.
The lack of outrage and deafening silence is shocking. We cannot tolerate the gentler gender being besmirched with an unspeakable lack of civility and respect.
Our personal tragedies, shortcomings or dirty laundry should not be fodder for entertainers, talk show hosts or media.
In order for the pond to become filled with living and breathing creatures again, fresh water must flow into it. We have all witnessed that a simple mud hole can become a thriving pond once again with an infusion of fresh water.
We cannot be silent as all civility is being crushed beneath the weight of expensive shoes. Our outrage must come out loud and clear to those who think that their paychecks entitle them to demean and belittle people who have the misfortune of not agreeing with their views.
Our children should not be considered fair game for sexually explicit or violent remarks.
Our thoughts and words can be like fresh water or we can choose to support those who continue to drain the pond dry with their arrogance and conceit.
In our society today, we are experiencing a drought of kindness and respect. Fresh water is available to everyone if they look for it in the right places. It is common knowledge that a desert can bloom overnight with a hard rainstorm.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.