08/03/2007 11:44 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Teeing Off : Numb and Dumber

Courtesy of The Henry Rollins Show

In the last few years, many Americans have become desensitized to bad news. We have all watched the corporate media outlets attempt to put a happy or at least hopeful face on catastrophic events and all it did was make many of us distract ourselves with American Idol, the travails of celebrities, and comfort food. In case you have become too numb to remember, allow me to stick a fork in your side and turn you over once again with a recent short list of nadirs of humanity: 9-11, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Katrina, Walter Reed, Virginia Tech, the billions of dollars spent stolen and otherwise lost ... Shall I stop? Do you find yourself turning off from this stuff after a certain point? Do you remember a few years ago when someone would talk about a billion dollars being spent by the government and you went wide-eyed? A BILLION DOLLARS?! But now you know that billions a week are spent by our government, it's almost as if THEY'RE GIVING IT AWAY. A flood kills and renders thousands homeless, students get slaughtered on campus, soldiers get killed overseas, and on it goes. It's not that we don't care or are used to things like this but being the adaptable creatures we are, we build up a certain degree of resistance just so we can get to work on time. The media helps by not reporting in depth and moving onto the next thing with breathtaking speed. For example, the aforementioned Virginia Tech shootings which left over 30 people dead went off the grid almost as quickly as it happened, perhaps only to make way for the next disaster sure to come our way. Now it's a tough call but I think there's a balance to be struck. If you become overwhelmed by all of this, you're no good to anyone and if you become callous and insensitive, the same thing goes. Sometimes a little intolerance can go a long way.

-- Henry Rollins