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Time For a Change

Time For a Change

Category : Musings

This is an old blog post from 2012  when folks were freaking out about a prediction supposedly made by the Ancient Mayans that the world would end in a blazing conflagration on a certain date in 2012. Clearly, Earth is still circling the sun, so that didn’t happen, but I think the rest still applies. (Reblogged from The Brass Rag, and updated slightly.)

I read somewhere that the Mayan Calendar did NOT predict that the world would end in 2012. Since you are reading this, I’m pretty sure that what I read was correct. That and the fact that Australia was apparently still in existence as I wrote this on the evening of the 20th, and it was already the 21stover there.

Anyway, the article…it further stated that, rather than predicting Armageddon, the MC foretells a “great change.” I, for one, would love to see a number of things change, great and otherwise. Here is my list, not complete and with little hope, but hey, there’s no harm in trying, right?

School hours: High schoolers are physically incapable of being truly awake at seven a.m. It is a biological impossibility. I know this because of the glassy eyed stares I receive during first block every morning. Classes should never start before 9a.m. The fact that this would also allow me to sleep an extra hour is immaterial.

Tax rates: No, I am not naïve enough to think that we shouldn’t have to pay them. I like having protection from fires and criminals. I also like the calendars. Neither do I believe that rich people should pay higher taxes than anyone else. Mostly because if I were rich, I wouldn’t want to be penalized for my success either. What does burn my toast is that there are so many loopholes, which are only available if you already have enough money to pay tax attorneys to find them for you, that a lot of rich people end up paying far less than their share. Fair is fair and everyone should pay the same percentage of their income, be you rich, poor, businessman or Congresswoman. No shelters, upper limits or loopholes. If everyone paid the same percentage, the federal coffers would becloser to full. Better yet, fewer folks would have room to complain. I think wewould all enjoy the peace and quiet.

Free ChocolateFridays: This speaks for itself. Who wouldn’t like free chocolate? For the loonies who have the incredible bad taste to dislike, or even feel indifferent towards, chocolate; they can substitute the yummy goodness of their choice. If everyone were blissed out on chocolate one day a week, crime rates would decline because everyone would be less stressed out and cranky. We might need to open more weight loss centers but really, we probably need that anyway.

There are others, needless to say: idiot driver ejection buttons, instant shut up switches, the ever-full wallet, sober-up pills (I borrowed that one from Eve Dallas), the Everywhere Editor app (edits out the tweets and posts you will later find embarrassing or just stupid) the national legalization of, ummm, mellowness. These would all be good changes. What would you change, if you could?


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