Generation Rx Through Favorite Daughter’s Viewfinder

18 08 2007

It’s been a long, hot summer without FavD’s power of story but she’s saddling up again with “Don’t Need No Drugs to Calm Me”:


My mom related to me a harrowing tale of sitting amongst a group of 12 to 13-year-olds we know.

“And they were all just one-upping each other about how many drugs they took,” she said. “It was, oh, I take this for my anxiety, and when I can’t sleep my mom gives me benadryl, and one of them was talking about how when she had to get a shot she screamed so much that eleven nurses had to hold her down, so now they have to give her something before she gets the shot to calm her down…..”

I think this last is the most superfluous of all these superfluous drugs. . . if I protested getting a shot my mother would jerk me back home so fast my head would spin, and that the car ride there would consist entirely of a discussion about how grievously I embarrassed her. That’s Southern discipline: you do not embarrass your mama. . .

But not today. Today you give your children anti-anxiety drugs so that they won’t be anxious about how many drugs they take. . .

Creationism and Conspiracy Theories: Believe in Control and Control Belief

18 08 2007

I know some homeschoolers like this online and one of two conspiracy theorists IRL:

[C]onspiracy theorists want to see a guiding force, a malevolent design, behind events. . . Evil, whatever its other uses, drives a great narrative. Complexity, not so much.. . .I see people using the Internet to gain widespread currency by rejecting social institutions in favour of an amateur-accessible, common-sense approach.I see people who are highly selective about facts, and who are ready to write off opposing views as the bile of powers that be. I see them using the Web’s echo-chamber to create a place where they’re right, and everyone else is wrong.

Does this sound familiar? If I told you that I look around the Internet, and am troubled to see this pattern everywhere, would you accuse me of seeing a conspiracy?