ERROL CASTENS: Codgertations: What’s wrong with the world is me

Want to know what’s wrong with this world? • For one, a thousand times as many Americans can quote Honey Boo-Boo as can quote Hayek.

• Most of our people have spent more time watching “American Idol” than trying to understand American ideals.

• The government distrusts its citizens for distrusting the government: Instant vicious circle.

• There are whole subcultures of folks whose full-time jobs are to game the system. Some of them are stereotypical ne’er-do-wells. Others are corporate leaders and government officials who’ve learned to skin taxpayers alive.

• And then there’s the fact that protesting George Zimmerman’s acquittal by gang-beating white people, blocking highways, and burglarizing and vandalizing stores is defended by the intelligentsia as “perfectly justified and understandable,” but people who peacefully appeal for constitutional fidelity or beg women not to kill their babies in utero are branded as terrorists.


But here’s what’s REALLY wrong:

• I spend too much time arguing with the TV and not enough singing praises to God.

• My first response to crisis is too often wondering who’s to blame and not how I can help solve it. And when the blame is mine, I fan my array of excellent excuses like a handful of aces.

• I so resent the mowing and the hoeing that I fail to appreciate the growing.

• Complaining about a problem is, in the short run, more satisfying than praying about it. Especially if I can make the same complaint to multiple audiences.

• Medication is easier than meditation.

• Escape costs me less effort than enlightenment and education.

• I want too many things I do not have and have too many things I do not want.

• “Boredom” is a really perverted and thankless way of describing an absence of crisis. A much better perspective would be to call it “contentment.”

• I forget that not knowing what I really want to eat means I’m really not hungry.

• My friends’ hurts rate with me, but not nearly as much as my own, and the hurts of casual acquaintances hardly even register.

• Even though, like Blanche DuBois and most people, “I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers,” I’m not nearly kind enough to strangers.

• I complain about dirty dishes but never about how they got that way.

• More buttons on my radio will take me to an argument or disturbing news than to an inspiring song.

• I love the Lord, my wife, my relatives and my friends – not to mention my community and my country – but I also want to control the conditions of those relationships.

• I have mastered the art of thinking without being thoughtful.

Contact Daily Journal reporterERROL CASTENS

  • Maladious

    Right on.


    Mr Castens, one can’t argue with the concept of ‘positive change begins with the man in the mirror’. As a fellow,well soon to be codger, I certainly appreciate your ruminations.

    I would challenge you and your readers to consider something I’m not sure you meant to self-reveal. Although I suspect you may feel differently, nowhere in your article did I read of the value of at least trying to understand what’s going on in the mindset of those you may disagree with: I did not see where you value the art of listening beyond the boundaries of your own personal experiences and convictions. In my opinion, without that little bit of willingness introspection becomes a self aggrandizing exercise.