Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Choices

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," where life is a buffet, and the rich get to eat first! Don't worry. There will be scraps in the dumpster. Maybe.

Last week I wrote about a woman who chose to have eight babies in one delivery. This past weekend I wrote about a quadriplegic man who, after 25 years of disability, chose to visit Dr. Kevorkian.

People and their choices. Wacky, huh?

You could argue that both of these people made bad choices. But who are you to tell them what to choose -- either one of them? The only person you can choose for is yourself.

This free advice comes from someone who had a bipolar mother in the days before lithium. She would be loony as Bugs Bunny on acid, but we couldn't commit her to a mental institution until she tried to inflict harm on herself or others.

As you might imagine, Mom's dilemma led to some mighty dicey situations. If she had owned a firearm, I wouldn't be writing this.

You know what's the worst position in the world -- and the most common? Being in a situation where someone is doing the choosing for you. Oh snap. You're powerless!

I'm not only talking about slavery here. I'm talking about how you feel when you see the pink slip in your cubicle. When you watch a loved one suffer needlessly because they're too far gone to sign a DNR. When the doctor says, "I'm sorry, but it's Stage Four."

We at "The Gods Are Bored" endorse the power to choose, even when the choice is absurd. So long as no one else gets hurt, and the furniture doesn't get stained.

Do not. Do. Not. Do not stain my furniture!

5 Comments:

At February 24, 2009 , Blogger Lisa said...

yes.
yes.
my favourite goddess with a keyboard !!

Lisa x

 
At February 24, 2009 , Blogger sageweb said...

So spot on...

 
At February 24, 2009 , Blogger THE Michael said...

Choice is fine until it puts a burden on everyone around you that was not agreed upon beforehand. I did not agree to assume the burden of having to support the produce of baby factories, or the medical bills of people who insist on piloting motorcycles without helmets. Do no harm means sometimes you have no choice but to give up a choice....to do harm.

 
At February 25, 2009 , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

life is all about choices..good ones bad ones...what ever...but the people that don't make any choice and just muddle along ..really piss me off...

 
At March 01, 2009 , Blogger blitzizni said...

"You could argue that both of these people made bad choices. But who are you to tell them what to choose -- either one of them? The only person you can choose for is yourself."

yeah.right.

 

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