By soapbox, I mean one one which to stand and commence to speechify, not one to add wheels and coast down a hill, derby fashion.
I’m glad I have the kind of life that allows me to make that choice.
One of the things that I regularly do in the morning is listen to the New York Times Audio Digest. One hour of actual news is about all I can stand.
I usually listen to this on my way to teach, but on days like today where I have to self motivate, I listen to it while taking my morning trudge throughout the neighborhood.
A top story today is about the baby panda that died at the Zoo.
I am indeed saddened by this story, but something in the NY times article made me think.
Because they are endangered, each baby is considered important.
To a certain extent, aren’t we, the human race also endangered? And as such, shouldn’t we be treating each of our babies as if they were the last baby panda?
( I know this is Fox News, but I originally read it in the Huffington Post, so there. )
Although the story didn’t actually come out and say so, I got the impression that this child’s disappearance is being overlooked because they are just poor mountain folk from West Virginia.
It makes me think quite a bit about what’s happening in the world in general.
If I were one to be an active believer in conspiracy theories, I would attribute the public and political madness in the news in general to a mass cover-up for some kind of horrifying event like a meteor or giant stink-ray about to crush all human kind.
Thus we should began treating all of our cubs as if they are endangered.
And we’re back.