I got to thinking about how the term VIP has been so mistreated and denigrated to almost meaninglessness.
But, many people still feel significant, if added to some list. Upon observing these poor souls, I tend to substitute different words in the middle. Here are a few examples:
Very Ill-mannered Person
Very Ignorant Person
Very Impertinent Person
Very Impatient Person
Very Insatiable Person
Very Incontinent Person
Very Intemperate Person
Very Insulant Person
Very Infantile Person
Very Ill-tempered Person
Having nothing to do and little choice, I watched Fargo. I reached the following conclusions:
I wonder if the Daily Mail editor, who does the layout, noticed the appropriateness of placing the following two stories beside each other…
The first concerns an utterance by the Mayor of London.
“Boris Johnson was today accused of 'unpleasant, careless elitism'
after claiming some people were not bright enough to get on in the modern world.”
The second is about a US woman, who seems to prove his point.
“Mother, 27, who 'gave birth in bar bathroom and stuffed baby in the toilet
before watching pay-per-view wrestling with friends' faces death penalty.”
Humans notoriously vote against their own best interests. If you need proof, consider the re-elections of Mssrs. Bush and Putin. Many more examples could be found, if I were willing to think.
Most cannot people judge the cause of their misery or what is happening around them. Few know even basic facts about history, and most are incorrect. No one can predict the future, but believe promises of politicians who have been less than truthful in the past.
This came to mind after reading headline that stated: Majority of Russians Prefer Stalin over Gorbachev. Perhaps, respondents were not alive during the former’s reign of terror. Or they chose to glorify the illusion of Soviet greatness, which caused them to re-elect a kleptomaniac that has enriched himself and his friends at the expense of voters (not unlike politicians in the land of their former enemies).
Teachers, school administrators, and anyone having to deal with customers will appreciate the following solution developed by a school in Australia. Gotta love 'em...
Tribalism, racism, and nationalism will never die. People will always blame “others” for any problem, rather than themselves or of their “own kind”.
A good example of this is the current flap about the discovery of horse meat in processed food, which had been labeled as containing beef. Most of this has happened in Britain, but fingers are being pointed at Dutch, Romanian, and French “culprits”. In most cases, the culprits are most likely Brits who are trying to increase profits by using cheaper ingredients, but it is expedient to put up a smoke screen of foreigner-bashing.
Expensive hotels work hard to make their guests happy. One feature of all hotels is beyond their control: guest behavior.
I have been reminded of this fact during the past days. Service in Thai hotels is always friendly and especially efficient in top hotels. Too many times, I have witnessed foreigners berating some unfortunate hotel worker, who did not understand that this particular guest sees himself or herself as the center of the universe. These people have no empathy and, in my opinion, deserve whatever slight they suspect has been dealt...and worse.
Not as painful but equally frustrating must be stupid people. Tonight at dinner, I witnessed a case in point. The hotel restaurant offered a Steak Buffet, at which one could from seven types of steak...or have all seven. In addition, a vast array of salads, appetizers, breads, side dishes, cheeses, desserts, etc. was on offer. What did one guest demand? Fish. So, the cook had to cook something special for this one jerk.
I would like to be able to cast other guests at whatever hotel I chose to visit...
I am amazed and repulsed by the audacity of some individuals and the verbal contortions employed to defend foolish and bigoted men, who think that any kind of mistreatment of women to satisfy males urges is permissible. Women, who use false claims are equally abhorrent.
I like to look at both sides of an issue, when arguments are rational. I cannot accept polemics, lies, or verbal gymnastics, employed to deceive the unsuspecting, uniformed, or unintelligent.
I have read in numerous sources and heard commentary on news programs about American anger at Pakistani government behavior. Even senators are complaining about not improper behavior or lack of respect, which should flow from the billions that the US Government sends each year. They must not have children.
Nations act no differently than people, most likely because nations are made up of people. Anyone having children will know that, despite constantly receiving money from their parents, children rarely do what is expected—or even demanded—of them. That’s the way it is with mine.
And, all families squabble. Just look at the battles between the Democrats and the Republicans in America. Most murders are committed against people that the murderer knows or is related to.
Why should Pakistan—which is not even related—do what Americans want? The money is not being spent in the interest of the Pakistanis, and they know it.
Money does not buy happiness, filial devotion, or allied compliance. Some people don't understand human behavior, expect too much, or are just plain stupid...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.