Milktoast Nation?

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12 Responses to “Milktoast Nation?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    If life is as fleeting and pointless as modern philosophers make it out to be, why worry? In fact, if you’re depressed, suicide makes a lot of sense because it ends the pain.

    If life is eternal and we are just passing through mortality, playing it safe probably won’t get you ahead in the world to come. Ask the martyrs. Heroes are never the ones who thought of themselves first. Human beings are built for danger and excitement, just as the folks at OSHA seem to get more of a kick from picturing freak accidents and making regulation to prevent them.

    In fact, evolution is based on the eternal lack of safety. Only competing and winning yields progress. The zebra who just stands there and counts on camouflage gets eaten. And what’s the reward for growing old? You get weak and fall behind the herd.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Vocab OCD kicking in … can’t … resist.
    Milquetoast.

    Ok, I feel better. Whew.

    • Keith says:

      2 things, drinkcoke2009:

      1. You must not know anyone in the Intelligence community. I have uncles who work for NSA and to talk to them, you’d think 9/11 happened last week. This topic is depressingly relevant, if not even more so, what with our lack of habeus Corpus and the star spangled pageantry of torture-as-interrogation that has come to light since 2002.

      2. Your handle makes you sound like a spambot. Please tell me bots haven’t developed the ability to concern troll, or else we really are doomed.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t think it really means the Patriot Act specifically, but in every area of life we are trading freedom for security. For instance the recent law to protect us from lead in Chinese toys that instead made the sale of used children’s books illegal. Teachers are not allowed to hug or comfort students anymore because parents fear they are perverts. FDA drug approval is half of what it was 20 years ago. On and on we lose our freedoms and choices and keep handing over power over our lives to bureaucrats.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Your handle makes you sound like a spambot.

        Just a well-known sock puppet.

  3. Shay Guy says:

    As a nation, what are America’s sins? The two that come to my mind are “fear” and “greed” — of the many things wrong with this country, what don’t those cover?

  4. BJN says:

    No, it’s not a deliberate pun (unless it’s a double-reverse backflip pun). The word “milquetoast” comes from a comic strip character “Caspar Milquetoast” whose name is a pun on the bland milk toast that’s supposed to be easy to digest by someone with a delicate constitution.

  5. System Id says:

    I am glad to hear that people have not yet switched off their brains. It’s the same in Europe: senseless safety campaigns you cannot argue against (with idiots, but they’re the majority), because it is for our good (“think of the chyldren!”).

    We don’t need more force-fed pseudosafety. We need more brains. Thinking before, while and after doing something is better than any safety campaign I have ever heard of. Because you *can* get run down on a green pedestrian light (“walk”).

    • Anonymous says:

      “think of the chyldren!”

      From the Greek prefixes I know, chyldren are full of juice. That means we need to be extra protective of them.

  6. oscar says:

    SNL years ago did a hilarious skit mocking the inanity (and paranoia) of a local news show. It was full of teased stories about something deadly in your house that they would tell you about later in the broadcast (hint: it doesn’t bounce), a teaser about why loveable golden retrievers were suddenly becoming toddler-killing machines, and an editorial titled “Are we really safe?” which wondered if anyone/anything was safe, including safety products themselves. Turns out they aren’t.

    Here’s the transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99anewswatch.phtml

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