Newspapers are often filled with bad news. Let's face it, there's a lot of it, and it sells. But there are also articles that can give you a giggle or a real guffaw, like the one I read recently about "thumb socks."
What are thumb socks? Do they help individuals who have particularly cold thumbs or have a severe case of poison ivy just on their thumbs? If you haven't been able to guess yet, then I'm going to have to enlighten you. They were created to stop people who drive and text. I read the article twice because I thought it was a joke. But unfortunately it's not. It seems that we can now add another addiction to the myriad of others that seem to be a part of the culture. Whatever happened to self-control, or more importantly the thought that you might cause an accident and not only harm yourself but others? The latter doesn't even seem to be of concern to most individuals who treat their iPhone as if it were an umbilical cord. It is yet another sign of a society that thinks more often of the "me" than the "we."
Many of us have been allowed to carry on dysfunctional behavior because there are now labels and excuses you can use to condone what you do. Taking personal responsibility for your actions seems to becoming more and more obsolete. There are all manner of addictions today, and now technology has been added to the list. Can't stop texting, than you must have a texting addiction. God forbid you just recognize the fact that you can't say no to yourself.
I have all the compassion in the world for those who struggle with substance abuse, but I find it ludicrous that we have to invent something like thumb socks. What's next? Why not a mouth clamp for people who can't stop eating? I would like to invent a designer duct tape for individuals who can't stop talking. It might save a lot of relationship problems. Don't want to respond but are unable to stop yourself. Duct tape to the rescue.
We cannot continue to try to save people from themselves by putting Band-Aids on their insanities. Our goals should be to guide our children into being accountable and responsible for their behaviors, and to stop enabling them by giving them excuses to do otherwise. Then we might have adults that add rather than subtract value to the world they live in.