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On the things happening in my country

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks. Charlotte Brontë

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus.

These days, my heart and mind have me in a rollercoaster of emotions. Fear, of course. Hope for the best. Annoyance. And pure, plain anger.

You see, the reactions from people here are as varied as the same emotions I've just mentioned, and it all sums up to education. And I don't mean the kind you get at school, but the kind you aquire in the normal course of your life through experience and common sense. Time spent in school is no guarantee of getting a proper education. Nor lack of schooling means you are dumb.

My job allows me to be in contact with people of all social strata, of every level of education, of every cultural background. Thus I've been subject to some theories SO varied... well, let me tell you about it.

1.- IT IS JUST A RUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT DESIGNED TO KEEP US IN THE DARK ABOUT THEIR OTHER MISTAKES, LIKE IN ECONOMY. A-ha. "Yes, we know you have a bad opinion of our job, so we are going to deliberately get you-and the whole world- sick, just to give you more reason to complain about our incompetence". Yes, that's probably the President's intent. Oh, and he probably has a mask factory too, so he wins all around. Duh.

2.- THERE'S NO PORCINE FLU! THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO SCARE US INTO BUYING MEDICINE SO THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES MAKE A PROFIT. (smacks her hand to her head) Sure, and the goverments of all the countries with inhabitants that have been infected are in on it! and the WHO too.

3.- THERE'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, EVERYONE'S HYPOCONDRIAC AND THERE'S NO REASON FOR THE SAFETY MEASURES. Sure! now go kiss one of the infected in the hospitals will ya? I'm sure you'll be fit as a horse no matter what. Better make that an ass.

4.- (one of my favourites so far) IT IS A PLAN OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF BARS AND DISCOS AND MOVIE THEATERS! What? I'm sorry, I usually am quite good at keeping a straight face when I hear nonsense, but I had to disguise my laugh as a cough and excuse myself...

to be continued...


Alhana said...

#1 theory can be heard here in Spain too. #4 my favourite too!!


Merynne said...
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Libby said...

I've heard a variation/combination of 2 & 3. Interesting for sure.

vanessa said...

I guess the only thing you can do is laugh isn't it? Otherwise you'd get thoroughly depressed! I'm amazed because I've not heard those theories, they just sound like quite freaky people with too much time on their hands!
Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

Tammie said...

the reports here in the states are saying that deaths in mexico from the flu have waned a bit in the past week or so. is this the case? have things quieted down a bit?


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