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Friday, June 11, 2010

unhappy?

a few years ago, newsweek magazine did a poll that concluded that 67% of americans are unhappy with the way things were going in the u.s. isn't that sad? that's 2 out of every 3 people in the entire country! anyways. here's what jay leno said about it:
"is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? could it be that 95.4% of these unhappy folks have a job? maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than darfur has seen in the last year? i guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. or it could be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

"you may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top-notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. this all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers. how about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world. maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy."
anyways. he kind of goes off on a tirade against the media, which i can't say i agree with, but let's be honest. even on my worst days...it's really not so bad.

2 comments:

Rachael said...

Jon sent you a text telling you he liked the original ending better. I liked it too. I like this post. It reminds me to be grateful.

skroner said...

i don't know how you find all these cool things..

but i love them (: you're just so smart and just so smart.