Saturday, March 04, 2006

Fat Cats and the American Way

Hello all, sorry for the delay but my professors are working me to the bone. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, a small culture segment ran of CNN Headline News about a man who had a 30lb cat in China (and no it was not so he could eat it). I am not sure of the social significance of this story, if he won a record or what not, but it got me to thinking about a couple of things. In this day and age of a globalizing economy, modernization, and free trade (of wealth, ideas, and culture), this 30lb Chinese Cat is a sure sign of the fall of the so called quasi-communist state in China and the ever far reaching grasp of capitalism and consurmerism. Seriously, why would anyone, as the owner of the cat in this segment did, take pride in the fact that you now own a cat that needs to be helped up on the bed (Chinese beds are generally on the floor) and will have a significantly lower life span, besides the fact your free mousetrap no longer can catch its prey, but as David would say, they (the Chinese) probably eat the mice as well. A free trade of ideas does not worry me and can actually be a wonderful thing. The scary part is whose ideas are we idolizing? Consurmerism (I know we all participate, but I refer to the needless kind), greed, and sloth are definitely not the attributes that I would love to see intersect every culture. Well anyway, just some rantings, gotta go eat some lunch. Oh yeah, in my searching on the subject I found a website (Help for Dieting Cats) for dieting cats, now this is truly Americana at its best.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Mmmmmmm... Chicken Fried Cat!