WHAT DO YOU GIVE A SHIT ABOUT?
Look, I love the irony of the “first world problem” meme as much as anyone.
Yesterday afternoon I talked to Geoff Hutchison the host of the Perth ABC radio drive program on just that topic. We were having fun, although I said the word “shit” on air twice. On purpose. Might not get invited back.
More on that later…
The Perth 720 ABC Facebook page has fabulous contributions about “First World Problems” like:
“The council won’t supply me with a bin big enough to fit in all the food I want to throw away.”
“3G smartphone reception at my favourite holiday resort is sometimes poor near the pool bar.”
“1 pillow too low. 2 pillows too high. Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”
“The Internet on this flight is so slow that I can only read Facebook and watch YouTube… I am getting straight on Twitter and telling everyone how this airline sucks!”
All witty stuff.
My contribution to the on-air chat was the ad on the telly for poor old Laura with the itchy scalp.
OK, I know it’s crap when you have an itchy scalp, but when I’m watching some TV special about a massive natural disaster in which actual lives are lost – weeping until I’m a wreck – and it cuts to an ad about Laura and her struggle with flaking skin when she’s out on a date… I can’t help yelling WEAR A HAT, YOU BINT, AND STOP WHINING!
(And here’s some advice from a seasoned campaigner – if he dumps you because you’ve got an itchy scalp, he’s just not that into you!)
When I watch ads peddling remedies for BO, acid reflux pimples and sensitive teeth, I’m reminded of just how lucky we are in the First World.
It’s as is if every aliment has been attended to and now we’re down to alleviating the slightest of physical discomforts. Soon we’ll be seeing ads for products to cure that thing where your foot goes to sleep when you’ve been sitting on it too long.
I was tooling around the net recently and, as these things go, ended up reading a homily given recently by one Rev. Carl Gregg from Broadview Church, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland (and this is what I quoted on the radio):
He told his congregation about a sermon he heard as a young man and had never forgotten: “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. Third, far too many of you are more upset with the fact that I just said the word ‘shit’ in church during a sermon than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”
He went on to say he wasn’t trying to make people feel guilty, but rather to be grateful, count their blessings and try to make a difference in the world.
Perhaps we need a remedy for not giving a shit.
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