They just don’t make sense

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All too often we come across something that just doesn’t make sense. We look at something and wonder, really? Is it inconsistency, blindness, or hypocrisy? My observations are random without any priority to one phenomenon over another.

We have compassion for homeless people, trying our best not to judge their choice to live under a bridge. But, what’s with the dogs? They hardly can take care of themselves, so how can they afford to care for a dog?

With a national commitment to health and wellness, numerous gyms and personal trainers are available at all hours. But have you noticed how close to the entrance clients must park? They plan to run on a treadmill, lift weights, or spin; are the extra few steps from across the street a physical hardship?

Hikers and bikers, runners and nature-loving casual walkers need to get to their destination by car. They don’t start from home because no good trail is nearby. But must they drive in the biggest SUV possible, the one that consumes the most gas?

What about so-called conservatives who want the government off their backs, but invite them to their bedrooms? If the point is fewer rules, regulations, and laws, why insist on having the government check what we do in the privacy of our homes? Why do we even have law about marriage, sex-workers or marijuana dispensaries? Why not get the government out of the morality/sin business and leave it to religious organizations?

It’s odd to hear teachers or professors complain about the burden of grading students’ papers. After all, isn’t this part of the job description? Next thing they’ll complain about preparing lectures and having class discussion. Do teachers not like students? If not, why do they collect salaries from educational institutions?

When citizens make the decision to seek public office and become politicians, they are supposedly there to serve the public. The public puts its trust in them and the character they have portrayed in their campaigns. Is it unreasonable for them to be scrutinized by the press? Didn’t they volunteer to be in the public eye to begin with?

Restaurants offer customers a meeting place to eat and drink with their friends or colleagues. Though private by legal definition, restaurants are public spaces as well. Why do customers complain about the noise? Do they expect to dine all alone the way they do at home?

So-called liberals believe in the efficacy of taxation to provide public goods and services, like military defense and social welfare safety nets for the entire population. Progressive taxation as a means to redistribute wealth and income has been their motto. So, why do they hire expensive tax advisers and accountants to find loopholes and extra deductions?

Though we rarely find obese people in Colorado, the healthiest state in America, when they drink from large receptacles of Diet Coke or Pepsi they buy at 7-Eleven at all hours of the day, we wonder: Does the “diet” designation make such a big difference? Are any sodas devoid of sugar or sugar-additives? It may seem a small amount, but what if they are drinking a gallon at a time?

Speaking of food, what about the black-tie events, where five courses are offered in opulent settings — hotel ballrooms, private country clubs — as fund-raisers for the homeless? The most hilarious breakfast I attended as a guest of cardiologists (for Peak Vista, if I recall correctly) served steak and eggs, ham and sausages, white rolls with butter, and basically everything one can think of as unhealthy nutrition. Wouldn’t granola and fresh fruit have been appropriate?

The right to own guns, as the Second Amendment to the Constitution is interpreted in terms of individual rights and not a group right (militias), is exercised in the West and South much more than in other parts of the country. With the proliferation of gun ownership and lax licensing regulation, is anyone surprised at crazy cases of random (or some claim deliberate) shooting of innocent people, as was seen in Rep. Giffords of Arizona?

Is it more cost-effective to build basketball or baseball fields, indoor sports arenas, music halls, and video-game arcades than prisons for juveniles? Have you ever seen a sweaty youngster after two hours running on a soccer field climb a fence to burglarize a home?

And finally, when you hear bad things about the “government,” how we should get rid of it, remember that they are talking about you.

The Constitution considers citizens as the sovereign — the ultimate seat of power and authority — while the government represents and serves, and is replaced at regular intervals. Congress as such isn’t the problem, it’s the millionaire, career politicians.

Raphael Sassower is professor of philosophy at UCCS and likes reading students’ papers, paying taxes, and isn’t interested in his friends’ sexual habits. He can be reached at rsassower@gmail.com Previous articles can be found at sassower.blogspot.com