Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What Message Do We Send?

Well I posed a question to some pretty smart people the other day. Nat'l Football League reinstates Michael Vick on a conditional basis. He's eligible now to sign with a team. What do you think? These people that I asked were friends in the media, but I feel they are a pretty good cross section of society. I was a little shocked with one response, but then again I was looking at a cross section of society, and maybe this is how a certain part of society feels. Who am I to judge? A pretty good social experiment none the less. Now for most cases they felt he was an over rated player to begin with so if a club was ever so brave to hire this social mis-fit, more power to them. I like the one response he payed his debt to society let him come out and start over. Well as the person put it; "if he was a plumber, and he served his time he could come out and be a plumber again...right?" Very valid point if you pay your debt to society why not move on. The only problem is society as a whole right or wrong judge you for your past. As in Vick's case I agree I think he was over rated as a player, so if a team is willing to take him on best of luck. Is he any worse then any other steroid crazed misfit? When do we as society say you deserve to go work some where normal for an honest days work, and go home at the end of the day like the rest of us average people. Why should these profile people; "celebrities" if you will be given a free pass just because of their social status. Do you want these people being your kids mentor? Now people make mistakes, and I agree they deserve a second chance, but in some cases the second chance card does not mean you get to start over in the same place you were in society. Respect is earned not demanded. More people have to learn that social rule.

We just seen in Calgary where a very viable clinic learned first hand because of who they are they were judged as to where they were actually allowed to set up. Now that judging was being done from our very own government officials. Not in my back yard is the social consensus. There was a lot of judgment with out education on that matter. People in a lot of cases make decisions on mis-guided information, or just ignorant judgmental thoughts. Should they be our government officials making decisions for you and me?

So next time we make decisions for the betterment of our children or just society in general we need to stop and think what we are doing before we make that decision. Now you ask; "I am just an average Joe what decisions do I make that is going to make an impact on society?" Well I would like to point out to everyone that when we vote we need to think who we are putting in there, and what they stand for. Now take a concerted effort and educate your self as to are these people. What are they doing for me? Remember these voted officials are representing you as a paying tax payer. As a current MLA in Northern Alberta found out representing your voting public cost him his job last week. That just showed you what kind of leader we have as a provincial representative. Now please remember this when it comes to our next election. Vote for the people that are sending the right message not the ones that look the flashiest, or the ones that speak the best double speak. Remember what message do you want to be sent?


suZen said...

I think we live in the twilight zone of mixed messages. As for Vick, if you serve your time you have hopefully learned a lesson. In regard to his "celebrity" status - oh don't get me started! I am NOT one to be the least bit in awe over someone's supposed "status" and think the money they get paid is outrageous.

p.s. Sorry I haven't been around to all my fav blogs (like yours!) but I was up at the lake w/limited internet - getting caught up before I leave again next week - missed you!

The Big Ape said...

Well I forgive you for the lack of presence as any time spent at a lake is better then any blog. I don't care who's it is...smile I wish I was there with you to enjoy that lake.

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