I’m home sick with a head cold. The vast quantities of over the counter medication has left me washed up on the sofa, surrounded by crumbled damp tissues, unable to move and barely able to pull together a cohert thought. This doesn’t bode well for this post. I don’t want to write, reading seems to complicated, so I am reduced to watching day time TV. (stick with me- this does connect to our topic) I’ve noticed a theme over the day of my in depth study. People seem to seek out someone who will tell them if they are stupid.
Dr. Phil (who happens to be bald-HA! I told you it would connect) has built an entire industry on “telling it like it is.” He is full of down home sayings like “don’t gift wrap a package of dog poo and tell me it’s a present.” I’m not entirely sure what he means, but people in the audience clapped wildly when he said it. I do believe one woman in the front row began to immortalize the saying by needle pointing it onto a pillow. Dr. Phil, Judge Judy and their ilk spend entire shows pointing out to the various guests that they are doing something stupid and the guests LOVE it.
I’m left wondering why people need to go on TV to find out they’re being stupid- don’t they have family? What is family for other than to ask you “what the hell were you thinking?” Do you really need to turn to strangers for this service?
What is the best advice you got from family?