Of Babies, Comedians, & The More Foolish Aspects Of Mankind

Yes, let’s begin with the image of three healthy, bouncing, babies. Sadly, there are occasions when such delightful little human beings are neither healthy, nor bouncing. Sometimes they’re sick, and occasionally they die.

There can be no doubting the sincerity of his parents, or the sad plight of a baby terminally ill with a rare disease that’s untreatable, but the media hysteria over Charlie Gard really needs some analysis.[1]

Headline in just one of almost all national UK newspapers (25/07/17). (Added at the bottom of the page: “Mum’s Heartbreaking Tribute: Pages 4,5,6 and 7”). Could we ever resist buying this rag to read Mum’s personal heartbreak?

Millions of babies die every year within twelve months of birth, according to ‘Save The Children’:

Worldwide, nearly 3 million newborns die each year and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn. [2].

Charlie Gard is one of them. He is ‘special’ only to his devoted parents and close relatives, yet the media have attempted to make this one child ‘special’ to everyone. It even evoked a response from Donald Trump…

Donald J. Trump?Verified account
@realDonaldTrump

If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
7:00 AM – 3 Jul 2017
37,192 Retweets 123,516 Likes

…and the Pope (as per the Guardian):

Pope Francis is calling for the parents of critically ill baby, Charlie Gard, to be allowed to do everything possible to treat their child.

In a statement on Sunday evening, the Vatican said the pope was following the case of the 10-month-old, who has a form of mitochondrial disease, “with affection and sadness” and was close to his parents: “For this he prays that their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end isn’t neglected.” [3]

It’s the sort of cheap political move we’ve grown to expect from Trump, but the Pope should know better.

News agencies now transmit their stories worldwide. One can only surmise how women in Yemen, Syria, or across much of the continent of Africa, feel when they hear of a Western baby’s plight raising over two million dollars, while their own child dies of starvation, or disease, because they’ve not even enough to buy food or medicine.

No-one could blame Charlie Gard’s parents for the efforts they’ve made to keep their baby alive, but Western media both in the U.K. and the U.S., are guilty of using this story to whip up public emotion for no better reason than viewing/sales figures, and with a callous disregard of the effects it might have on those women of similar circumstance in less fortunate parts of the world.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…

QUESTION: take the words vagina, penis, every possible conjugation of the verb ‘to fuck’ that you can think of used in a myriad different ways (throw in a generous helping of anal excrement) and what do you have?

ANSWER: virtually every comedic moment of every (so-called) comedy programme, late-night chat show, and stand-up act both on and off the TV screen, all of which have audiences convulsed with laughter – one’s tempted to believe the on-cue laughter is a prerequisite of gaining free tickets to the show. Though, maybe not.

What has happened to that elusive component of comedy called ‘talent’? Any fool can stand in front of a microphone and shout, “FUCK,” over and over again. There was a time when comedians could have people in fits of laughter without using any bad language, or sexual references.

I can only think of two comedians with the talent and personality to utilize bad language in an endearing way. One was Billy Connolly and the other was George Carlin, and neither found it necessary to constantly throw sexual references into their act. Today, nothing is left to the imagination. A vagina is a vagina and a penis is a penis, and, my God, aren’t we proud of it!

Now, I have to admit to laughing uproariously at all those words. I remember, it was behind our school bike sheds while sneaking a quick puff of a shared cigarette. I was about twelve years old. Way too young to stay up for the late night talk shows, if there were any in those days.

I guess I stopped finding such locution amusing by the time I reached, well, probably about sixteen.

Is it taking longer for ‘Millenials’, or, ‘Gen Zs’, (or whatever stupid names they call themselves) to attain adulthood?

Or, has evolution simply decided it’s evolved far enough and put the gear lever into reverse?

AND FINALLY…

Let’s take a moment to consider this lot:

A handsome, appealing, AMERICAN Jesus!

Most would agree the human race is in a pretty poor state and needs some rational thinking if we’re ever going to get out of the mess we’re in. Global climate change, wars, a dictator-president running the most militaristic nation on earth (no, NOT North Korea!), the accumulation of wealth (or the lack of it) the most fundamental raison d’etre for living…all cannot be overcome by burying our heads in the sand and waiting on some ‘Almighty Intelligence’ to sort it out for us.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are not the only befuddled load of religious brainwashings on the planet, there’s a whole host of them, but today the BBC has highlighted the effect of this organization on those who have the courage to say, “Enough of this rubbish, I’m outa here.”

Total alienation from family and friends is the punishment inflicted by these pseudo-religious marketeers, causing acute pain, depression, and sometimes suicide to be inflicted on those who dare escape its clutches.

For some former Jehovah’s Witnesses, leaving the faith is not just the mark of losing your religion – it can also mean losing your loved ones. In many cases, friends and family are told to cut all ties with ex-believers, leaving them isolated and sometimes suicidal.[4]

The marketing of ‘God’, in whatever guise proves most profitable, has been a ‘top seller’ on the income scale for millennia. It’s time we all asked, “What has God ever done for us?” When human history is dissected, the answer is, “Bugger all!”

Every darned thing that’s proved good for us has been achieved by man, and everything bad, also. ‘God’ has been nowhere. To those who say, “Prayer works,”, the response is, “Yes, it does, about fifty percent of the time.” It makes ‘God’ no better than coincidence, or chance. ‘God’ is nothing more than a divine one-armed bandit.

It seems the human race is determined to be hoodwinked by its own crazy belief systems. Religion is probably the very last thing on this planet that’ll be exterminated – when the last fool alive calls on his god to save his life before death finally claims him. At that point the planet will no doubt breathe an almighty sigh of relief that it’s finally rid itself of the plague of pathetic parasites that have been slowly poisoning it for eons.

[1] “The Papers” BBC, July 25th 2007

[2] “Worldwide, nearly 3 million newborns die each year and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn.” save The Children, May 20th 2014

[3] “Donald Trump offers help for critically ill baby Charlie Gard” Guardian, July 3rd 2017

[4] “The ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses shunned by their families” BBC, July 25th 2017

2 Replies to “Of Babies, Comedians, & The More Foolish Aspects Of Mankind”

  1. I hadn’t read about wee Charlie Gard until late yesterday, I’d seen headlines but studiously avoided clicking on them. Even now I’ve only a sketchy idea of the story, but realise it has been used as “click-bait” both in the UK and now in the USA too.

    I do agree whole-heartedly with you on the state of comedy these days. We’ve been sampling, via Netflix, some hour-long shows by stand-up comedians, most of whom are not household names, but must be well enough known in certain circles to warrant a televised showing. About 75% of the time we switch off after around 15 minutes due to the crude content, attitude or absolute gross-ness of the comedian’s material .

    It appears to be a necessity, nowadays, to make unfunny “jokes” about sexual matters, sex organs, sex acts, bodily functions…..etc. If jokes about any of those subjects were really funny – well it’s all fair game and we need to be able to laugh at ourselves – but most comedians become mean, nauseating, or simply obnoxious rather than funny.

    Of those we’ve been able to watch all the way through, just Dana Carvey, Jim Gaffigan, John Mullaney spring to mind.

    Husband and I have often commented that there’s a distinct lack of affectionate humour now – Billy Connolly had it, and could get away with crude stuff because of it. George Carlin : I think of him as a “clever” comedian, when at his best . He could be crude too, but because that was not his stock- in -trade he could get away with it. He was funnier and more affectionately funny in his early days – got a wee bit hard and bitter later on, still clever and funny though.

    Religion? Human nature dictates that if there is no God we’ll make one up. 😉

  2. Nothing like a good rant from you. I’m amazed at the unfunny scatalogical and crude sexual “jokes” coming from my elderly friends,mainly men but sometimes women, on FB. Like the regressed. What happened to wit?
    As to Charlie, I had the same thoughts as you. Hello Yemen for one. I didn’t read too much about it it was all the same theme of roaring headlines and the two biggest irrelevencies on the planet pontificating with gravitas.

    Poor Gaia. She hurts.

    XO
    WWW

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