Recent we were working in our home office and had the TV on. Playing was a new episode of "House" one in which House's private detective tells the female doctor/director of the hospital Dr. Cutty how much he likes her and has been trying to find excuses to be around her. Surprisingly she seems to like him too and encourages him. But, alas, it seems the show's producers have now decided to drop that story line. Oh well....
My wife said she thought it was cute how he was persistent in his quest to be around her until she finally admits she likes him too and their apparent romance begins. This got me thinking.
Yes it is romantic how his character kept pursuing the woman and finally seems to have won. But is that realistic any more in today's Politically Correct and knee-jerk reaction society? One can say he was tenacious in his goal of getting her to like him. But it can also be said he was stalking her! In other words, remember when it was romantic and sweet to make excuses to be with some one you liked?
Now a day you could be arrested or penalized in some other way as a stalker. Yet supposedly we now live in a much more "feeling", "caring" and "aware" society. But how can we be a better society when the very nature of the interaction of people that makes it a society is redefined to fit the mold of current thinking?
Reminded me of when I was in college. There was a girl I really liked. One semester I discovered she would walk from one building to another past the building I had a class in. I would purposely wait outside until she came and walked with her to the next building. She knew I was there for her, not random chance. Still, in today's age I suppose it could be said I was stalking her too rather then just showing my interest.
Other things I thought of too:
Remember when free sex was safe and sky diving was considered dangerous?
Remember when a walking to school alone was safe and the school bus driver was scary?
Remember when the local police on patrol knew who belonged in a neighborhood and who didn't?
Remember when it was OK for the cop to kick out those who didn’t?
Remember when disciplining a tantrum or obnoxious child was parenting and not child abuse?
Remember when teachers could discipline a disruptive student and not be sued for discrimination?
Remember when if someone got injured while committing a crime it was their fault not yours?
Remember when if little Jonny didn't have money for ice cream it was his parent's fault not society's?
Remember when a drunk was someone with poor character and weak will not a disease?
Remember when being fat was your own fault for eating too much of the wrong foods and not the fault of McDonald's?
Remember when if you almost got hit by a car crossing the street it was your fault for not looking both ways and not the driver's fault for not watching out for you?
Remember when people worked hard and saved every penny to buy a house and it wasn't a right to have one?
Remember when a minimum wage job was your first job on your long road of life and not a "living wage"?
Remember when the police knew how to tell the good guys from the bad guys and not everyone was a suspect?
Remember when parks were for people to use and enjoy and not closed 9 months out of the year because of some bird or frog?
Remember when towns were happy to have visitors bring business in and not make rules and permits for town-only residence?
These are just a few of the thoughts that come time mind.
Feel free to post some more.
After all, we are a far more "enlightened" society today – right?
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