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HyperInflation of the Fourth Kind

There was a study released not long ago that states an “epidemic” exists in America of folks thinking they are something they are not.  Psychiatrists have observed that some folks, apparently more folks than anyone would ever believe, think they are actually characters in reality TV shows and the like.

As a retired psychotherapist, I found this study of interest.  I have personally witnessed signs of this “epidemic.”  I recently encountered a supermarket employee, who claimed to be a paramedic (who knows, he may actually be one).  Anyway, this person went on to give me medical advice, concerning a comment I had made, which would elevate him to the status of an M.D.  I have noticed other incidents of this “epidemic.”  I must report that I concur with this study.

We see signs of this everywhere.  We have people who watch insipid CSI “dramas,” and rattle on and on about forensics as if they held a Ph.D. in microbiotics.  We have people who watch spy movies, and think they work for the C.I.A.  We have people who play military-inspired video games, and think they are U.S.M.C. aviators or four-star generals.  We have others who watch Jersey Shore nonsense, and go out to bars acting less than dignified, if you know what I mean.

Worse yet, we have doctors thinking they are God, politicians thinking they are statesmen and a President who thinks he’s a king.

Perhaps it’s time for some folks to take a “chill pill”  (no, not Ambien or diazepam), and risk being REAL.

 

 

Welcome Adversity

Adversity builds character.

When’s the last time you heard that?

The propensity of things these days might be so stilted that one could imagine those donning NFL helmets to venture forth into their backyards to prune a rose bush, lest they fall and suffer a severe concussion.  Yes, skateboarders are brats, but there is surely something in the Aristotelian “middle” that can get some successfully through LIFE.

Folks who survived the Dust Bowl (no, Notre Dame was not playing Alabama that year), went on to become successful.  Very few, however, who have attained an “expert marksman” ranking on the latest virtual-war video game have gone on to attain such status; instead, more than likely, they have ended up with a pink slip in hand and a speeding ticket protruding from their mouths.

This is not to say one should “invite”  adversity, but embrace it if it comes your way.

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