What Makes Me Unhappy

I conducted a little free-writing experiment based on this blog [Language Warning]. This is what I came up with:

  • Overweight people who order a diet soda with their burgers and fries.
  • Abortion.
  • Christians who do not support women who keep their babies.
  • Men who fail at being husbands and fathers.
  • Women who disrespect the men in their lives.
  • Thousands of families who want to be good farmers but are too poor to buy land.
  • All the old farmers who will auction off their land to conglomerates who will continue to grow only corn, soybeans and cattle.
  • Over-medicalized births.
  • Abandoned pets.
  • Abandoned houses.
  • Empty city lots that could contain enough gardening space to keep the neighborhood healthy.
  • Doctors who drive Beemers or Hummers.
  • Young men and women who think their only economic or educational improvement will come through military service.
  • Urban planning of the last 60 years.
  • Lack of non-commercial social space, a la Roman forums.
  • Public Schools.
  • Public Universities.
  • Nursing Homes.
  • Undisciplined (or poorly treated) Children.
  • Willful Ignorance.
  • People who tell children they can be whatever they want to be.
  • Those children who then fail remedial classes in University because they believed it.
  • Roadkill.

It is more than 100 words, I know. You can write about your Unhappiness, too and call it a meme tag.

My next free-writing exercise will be Things that Make Me Happy!


5 Responses to “What Makes Me Unhappy”

  1. 1 Mrs.Flam October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    You know not everyone with a BMW aka Beemer is rich. My Husband Had 3 BMW’s in sucession through thrifty trading , barganing , and knowing how to repair them.

    just a thought. People always judged me by my husbands car. who knew you could barter a 1,500$ Car for a Non-working 150,000$ car and then spend 400 to repair it ?

  2. 2 Melinda October 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Why are you against public education?

  3. 3 Anna October 31, 2008 at 7:15 am


    Interesting that you mention public education…my answer would be a long essay post!

    Short run – I do not see (and I have seen much) public education as the best means of becoming a wise and well-formed adult. It merely trains mass amounts of humans to respond to orders, move according to bells and socialize according to stringent “peer groups”.


  4. 4 Anna October 31, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Mrs. Flam,

    A car is a car, and I am sure your husband does an excellent job in choosing and maintaining vehicles. What makes me unhappy is walking past the Doctor’s only parking lot at the hospital and seeing these automobiles that are merely show pieces.


  5. 5 H November 5, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    It’s true that’s often a problem with public education (and sometimes private schools too). What would you propose as a solution? Personally I think/hope the answer is to improve the public schools rather than get rid of them. Most people cannot afford private schools (and they shouldn’t have to pay for their children’s basic education anyway) and most cannot afford to homeschool either. So, let’s actually fund the schools and get teachers who will teach those kids how to think for themselves!

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