Every so often my usual persona, Dr. Sensitivity, suddenly turns into Mr. Gimme A. Break. The transformation came upon me again the other day during a flurry of media coverage on the topic of sleep—specifically, ill effects due to a chronic lack of sleep in certain ultra-busy segments of modern society.

Really! I'm so sorry that you can't get enough rest because of your high-stress highly-paid hyperkinetic career choices. But I'm a bit more sympathetic toward folks who are holding down two (or more) sub-minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet. And I'm even more concerned about people who are starving, or chronically ill, or systematically being murdered in tribal warfare ...

(cf. KindergartenEnvironmentalism (28 Jan 2000), InvestInPeace (9 Jul 2002), ConspicuousAnticonsumption (17 Sep 2004), RoomToRead (23 Oct 2004), ...)

TopicHumor - TopicLife - TopicSociety - 2005-04-16

(correlates: CardThatPoet, Inventing a Running Machine, NatureOfTheGood, ...)