Est. May 2008

01 February, 2013

Attribution

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the following in circulation; you may have even received it in an e-mail:
Bill Cosby "I'm 83 and Tired"

I'm 83. Except for brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some some (sic) serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.

I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
I'm also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20's be-deck them selves (sic) in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

This is your chance to make a difference.

" I'm 83 and I'm tired. If you don't agree you are part of the problem!
Now, according to Snopes, Mr. Cosby never wrote or said this – in fact, Snopes attributes it to one Robert A. Hall.

Who?

Exactly.  As one commenter pointed out:
It's a lie to attribute it to someone who didn't say it, so it will receive more impact. No one would care what it said if it was Joe Schmo in Cucamonga. (emphasis mine)
Our society has been geared to ignore the words of the ‘Joe Schmo’s’ out there – who are, more often than not, people who’ve actually experienced the things they write and speak about or have spent the greater parts of their lives studying and analyzing – and to take to heart the words of actors, actresses, songsters, comedians, and politicians who, more often than not have little knowledge of the topics they pontificate upon beyond what’s been handed to them in a script, in a piece of poetry-set-to-music, or to the infamous ‘talking-points’ provided by others who have (perhaps) marginally more knowledge on a subject than they themselves do.  Far more often, particularly when it comes to ‘talking-points’, these so-called ‘experts’ are voicing the opinions of their writers rather than basing their words on studyable, analyzable facts and figures.

When did celebrities become the ‘experts’?  Long about the time that our schools began teaching that all truths are relative, and that facts and figures are pretty much meaningless – only what you think about something really matters.  Since celebrities (and I’m including our celebrity-politicians in this mix) play to the emotions (you don’t go to a concert or a movie to be taught, you go to be entertained, and what are inaugurations these days other than a multi-hour talent show?), whatever emotional response can be dredged out of the members of the audience does, in fact, become ‘truth’ in the minds of the malleable – minds tenderized by the therapeutic method of teaching.

It’s ridiculous that in order for people to so much as read information such as the above, one ends up resorting to attributing it to a celebrity in order to get people to even read it.

1 comment:

Right Truth said...

Excellent point about no one being concerned if average Joe says something. But celebrities have the stage and they can speak out and do some good if they will. Unfortunately the Conservative ones either don't speak out for fear they won't get work, or they will be ripped by their peers. The far Left has no problem using their position

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