Thursday, September 28, 2006

Double Be(u)rgers, Double Standards


So New York City is considering banning trans-fatty foods in all restaurants. Boy am I glad we have a government that’s looking out for the welfare of her citizens.
There are rumors that Al-Quaidas next attack will be with french fries.
Forget uranium shmuranium a few chocolate donuts donuts and boom they’ll be falling like flies.
And it's true..they've uncovered top secret-custard enrichment facilities in Afghanistan..

Then I thought of something else.. Our society lately is very into extolling the virtues of living and dying dangerously. How many have shed tears at an Imax film heralding the heroes that get swept away by avalanches while climbing cliffs at 25,000 feet, accompanied by the type of music once reserved for the likes of Alexander the Great and Napolean?

Don’t you see the double standard?

Person A.
Goes climbing a Himalayan Mountain for 3 days with no oxygen and falls off the face of a cliff. Dying doing what he loves most...no matter the danger.
He’s a hero...
Person B.
Loves fatty foods like french fries, donuts and p’cha..dies of a heart attack and clogged arteries.
Died because of what he loves most.
He’s a bum...

Person A.
Wrestles crocodiles and kisses poisonous snakes...dies while swimming with dangerous creatures...
He’s a hero...
Person B.
Smokes a pack a day...dies of lung cancer...
The biggest lowlife on earth..

Person A.
Tests the limits of human endurance by being underwater for hours and days...by being suspended upside down..for days..
Cheered on by crowds..
Person B.
Tests the limits of human size and dimensionality by feasting on hot dogs and junk while glued to his couch for days...
Derided and laughed at..

Hmm just some food for though (healthy food..of course)


(try to keep the comments light..this was all in jest..)

20 Comments:

Blogger Mata Hari said...

The A's are adventurers who have discipline and daring. The B's are gluttons with lack of self control. It's all about image.

September 28, 2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

mata...
that might be true...but theyre both living dangerously to do something they enjoy..

September 28, 2006 4:07 PM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

!!!!!!!

ha ha

-moiy

(no offense...it was all in jest)

lol

burger-berger.

thats was a double one

September 28, 2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Interesting way of putting it, nice post.

September 28, 2006 7:49 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

I feel like a bum when I eat fatty foods:(
hate getting all fat...
never worth the food somehow..
not for me anyway
and today - i was a major bum - lol
yikes!
;)

September 28, 2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

I coudnt agree with you more! When I heard this report on 1010Wins this morning all I can think about is... they want to pass it to be a law? Why the heck cant they just let people eat what they want?!?!?

Let them eat cake! (And highly saturated in fat food, lol.)

September 28, 2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

the real danger would be if person B did person A activities.. then that should forsure be illegal :)

September 28, 2006 11:20 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Great post!
Not for a second did I feel sorry for the crocodile hunter.
I completely agree that it's crazy to confuse people looking up thrills with heroes.
I remember seeing a documentary about a guy crying he lost a toe while climbing a mountain in freezing temperatures.
Who asked you do that idiot?

September 29, 2006 2:37 AM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

Good point. I have never understood the fascination with people like David Blaine who pull such stupid stunts - I don't have interest in his antics and wouldn't be sad for a second if he didn't pull one of them off. I think the reason society holds these two acts as different is because one of them is out of the ordinary and the other is something that we all wish we wouldn't do, and those of us who can control ourselves like to look down on those who can't.

September 29, 2006 8:34 AM  
Blogger chaverah said...

interesting veiw. My personal opinion is all A's and B's are Bums. Anyone who puts themselves in a situation on purpose does not deserve recognition for his dealth. Sorry to sound harsh.
(BTW david, is this you? http://polisci.ucsd.edu/faculty/lake.htm,
LOL!)

September 29, 2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

Good post!

(p.s. Burger is spelled like this, and not Berger, as you mistakenly wrote in this post's title)

September 29, 2006 9:46 AM  
Blogger Y.Y. said...

the hunter got we he asked for i dont feel sorry from him or his family that cheered him on same goes to all the dare evils

September 29, 2006 10:44 AM  
Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

I don't think people are judged as heroes or not based on how they died, it's more about how they lived and what they accomplished during that time.
I was never a big fan of the crocodile hunter, but he isn't being called a hero for how he died, rather, for what he was able to accomplish. Elevating social awareness re: animals, etc.

September 29, 2006 11:38 AM  
Blogger Bonnie B said...

Ok so if I climb Mount Everest while eating a cheeseburger am I just mediocre?

September 29, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger chaverah said...

bonnie - cute!

September 29, 2006 12:57 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

moiy...
well well its the jester herself..lol

swfm...
glad u think so

towik...
a bum eh?...

fg...
lol....love that last line...

mookie...
lol!..true...that would be fun to watch

prag...
i mean i felt bad because he seemed like a swell guy and all..and as AFI pointed out he might have done some research...but I agree...if u put ur life on the lne like that and relish it ...then ..hmm not much sympathy here

shoshana...
I agree...I think the guy should be locked up...(he'd prbably free himself..)
but this idea that since he's testing the limits of human endurance..somehow that makes him heroic is absurd

chavera...
dont apologize to me..I totally agree...
and...I cant believe you'd expose me like that!!
lol..where on earth did u find that??

lv...
thanks...and thanks for the correction..I knew it didnt look right..lol

yy...
no need to dance on his grave..lol

afi...
I'm sure it couldve been done in a safer manner..

bonnie...
lol....ur a double hero (on club)..lol

September 29, 2006 2:58 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

good post. shows the contrast of how society perceives risk takers and whether those risks are intentional or not.

September 30, 2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

p.s.
someone please clarify -
i always thought pcha was fat free once you scraped off the top!!
heeeelp!

September 30, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

LOL!!!!
Interesting comparisons!!!!
Food, glorious food.. la la da de dum (forgot words...)

Have a G'mar Chasima tova nad an easy fast!

September 30, 2006 5:52 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

sarah..
thanks

towik..
lol...yup..and then u gotta scrape ur ateries..then maybe its healthy...

kas...
:-)
Thanks..u too

September 30, 2006 9:37 PM  

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