This aggression will not stand, man

Lately, I wake up in the morning, read my online news sites and carefully reach for my bottle of valium. Who needs coffee anymore?

I don’t need to go over the headlines. We’re all aware of what’s been in the news lately. I think what are these seemingly normal people thinking? I don’t believe in evil. It’s a cop out. They should be thinking before they act upon their incredibly selfish impulses, “What would your mother say?” It cuts right through the pop psycho-babble. But it’s neither here nor there and it’s not something I want to dwell on. The slobbering news dogs give it plenty of play already. I bet ratings are up.

I work with a lot of college students. Robust, bright and healthy. I can actually see the glimmer of youthful optimism in their eyes when they pass by me in the stockroom. Perhaps it’s just the reflection of the flourescent lighting but I like to imagine it is inspiration.

On occassion one will stop to chat with me and tell me about the hardships of being a student and working a job. My impulse is to tell them about raising a toddler and coming to work afterwards but it’s not their deal. They wouldn’t get it nor should they. I listen and tell them they do have a very challenging schedule but it will soon be over. Off you go.

I know this because I’m a parent now, and it’s wrong to disparage children, even when they are in college.

Oh, and I’ve had this The Big Lebowski line in my head all day long, “I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.”

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