Friday, June 5, 2015

Wed. Words: The Art of Being Mindless

Choices
Some people are born with a propensity to mindless  behavior, which is developed to be an art over a life time.  How does one recognize someone who does not have a clue, who spends life in a marathon of stupid choices?

First, such a person would walk across a yard while the sprinklers are on full force, because one is playing “candy crush” something on an iPhone.

A man tore a tendon in his thumb after playing the game Candy Crush Saga on his phone for weeks - but reported he felt no pain at all (file photo)
Man tears tendon after playing Candy Crush for 10 hours every day for 8 weeks

Next, one such is seldom wary of danger, like crossing against traffic, while checking local movie times on that stupid iPhone.

A man talks on a cellphone while crossing a street in New York. More than 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because of injuries suffered while using a cellphone.
Screeeccchhhh!

Finally, this person, who is downloading Johnny Cash’s Greatest Hits, will suddenly develop itchy welts on feet and legs after ignoring a friend’s warning, “Hey, --------.  My sister’s dog is swarming with fleas.  Don’t go near it…”

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Fact is, mindless people will find that being mindless does not serve them well. Ever.

Thanks to Elephant's Child who has provided 6 and/or 8 words each week for bloggers to use.  These words are italicized and underlined.  So... Shake up your writing!  Try something new and challenging! Prose, poetry, fiction, whatever!  And, visit her site to read some comments using these words.  Good reading.

And, many good wishes to Delores at Under the Porch Light, who is currently having computer issues (haven't we all been there??).  



24 comments:

  1. But they'll be the first to whine and then do it all over again

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  2. That's like every time I pass someone going slow in the fast lane, they are on their cell phone. Totally oblivious.

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    1. It's an ignored law here. CA's coffers could be filled by ticketing cell phone abuse.

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    1. Herds, literally herds of them. Saw them crossing at the corner of Pennsylvania and 34th when we visited our son in NY.

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    1. The young generation will grow up partially deaf, with carpal tunnel damage, and diminished gray cells. At least that is what the medical studies have shown. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Mostly I think people obey the law here. Not everybody though which is frightening, if they have an accident, their problem, if they cause me to have one or anyone else, different story.

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    1. My daughter's first car (a sturdy well made car) was totaled by a person using a cell phone. That was back when not everyone had a cell phone, just the well-to-do.

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  6. Not nearly enough medical research (or money) is devoted to finding a cure for stupidity. I read this and snickered, and winced in recognition of what seems to have become a universal truth.

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    1. No, stupidity seems to be an incurable disease and cell phone use is an addiction.

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  7. A little anger at the cell phones...?

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    1. Mainly at the cell phone users...the phone is ruling their world and they seem oblivious.

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    1. I don't understand that at all. It must be the cute little icons.

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  9. With my old flip phone I might seem timeless, but I'm not mindless. I have enough trouble just walking let along walking and doing something else.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Very true. When walking, I have to watch out for uneven concrete, etc.

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  10. This is excellent and so true. I'm stunned by how many people simply never look up and see the sunshine anymore. Let alone smell the roses. Those phones are more curse than blessing now.
    I have to say though, that I HAVE purposely walked across a yard where the sprinklers were going full blast. In the heat of an Aussie summer, the spray was so delightful.

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    1. If we someday get rain, we will go dancing! IN the middle of the street! With clothes on!

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  11. Hi Susan,

    You see the idiots on their mobile phones driving around roundabouts over here. The consequences of such stupidity can be tragic. And the police don't crack down on the idiots and I include the pedestrians.

    Nice mention of Sue and Delores.

    Gary :)

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    1. The phones are one recipe for fatalities here. Go fast and talk on the phone do not mix well.

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  12. I hate the way people cling to those phones like they're a lifeline. There's irony in the fact that the person they're giving their attention to on them, would also be ignored for the phone, if they were there in person.

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    1. anonymity is a real problem. They can text anything about anybody, and not have to face that person.

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