I was standing in line at airport security and a young couple asked me if I knew if the TSA provided surgical masks. I said probably not. For some reason the young man began explaining to me that the Swine Flu had not occurred when they had left for vacation. In an attempt at humor I suggested that they simply not breath. Then, it occurred to me what the real problem was so I continued: "OR you could turn off your TV. Yea, that's probably your best bet, just turn off your TV."
I heard the headline this morning "Swine flu not as bad as initially thought". My question was "thought by who"? I wonder if the wild eyed breathless anchor babes actually believed what they were reporting? They probably did, but they believed it for you, not for themselves because they are the Rajah (shameless ref to a prev. post) looking down from the balcony giving sight to the blind by their words of wisdom. And what about the CDC? Is it filled with a bunch of Barney Fifes running around in panicked hysteria?
Now there might have been a serious problem, I don't know, but the hype and hysteria I saw in the media was over the top and probably qualified as crying wolf. This begs the question what are we going to do when there's actually a real wolf?
Right vs Real - A longtime friend of mine has always drawn a distinction between "right" and "real". Ask a Christian a plainly-known question like "Are we saved by faith o...