Badtux the Snarky Penguin

In a time of chimpanzees, I was a penguin.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Culture of self-entitlement

Is it any wonder that the ranks of the morbidly obese are exploding in the United States? Delayed gratification is seen as an evil by the average American. It's all me, me, me, now, now, now. Stuffing a half dozen Big Macs down your gullet just because you like how they taste? No problem!

This is just a symptom of a basic sickness in American culture, which is that we've become shallow, immature, self-indulgent, and incapable of logical thinking. Logical thinking sez if you're overweight enough to cause health problems, then, duh, DON'T EAT SO MUCH! Instead, fat slobs make excuses -- "oh, it's just my hormones!" "Oh there's nothing wrong with being fat!" blah blah blah. Sigh. Even this pizza lovin' penguin knows better than that...

-- Badtux the Not-morbidly-obese Penguin
(Just pleasantly rotund, mind you!).


Posted by: BadTux / 4/10/2007 12:29:00 PM  


Swimming fowl shouldn't be too rotund, because the resistance to an object moving in water is greater than that in air.
# posted by Lurch : 10/4/07 1:33 PM  

Ah, but a pleasant rotundity is excellent insulation for swimming in Antarctic waters!

- Badtux the Insulated Penguin
(but not OVER-insulated, mind you!)
# posted by BadTux : 10/4/07 1:49 PM  

Somewhere east of the Mississippi is the fattest state in the US of A. Personal observation has prompted me to wonder just what the net tonnage of ass, especially female, might be in just one smallish county.
# posted by Anonymous : 10/4/07 2:51 PM  

Don't look at me, I eat to live, not live to eat.

I still have a 33 inch waist.
# posted by BBC : 10/4/07 9:03 PM  

Well, can you blame the individuals for being of the instant gratification thought process when the larger institutions (businesses, government, sports teams, etc.) have been becoming more short sighted over the past few decades? Why plan for the next 20 years? If there's not a profit in the next quarter, then fire the employees. If the team doesn't win the championship, then fire the coach. If the prez doesn't win the election, then screw the country. So, why not wolf down those dozen big macs while you can afford them. After all, you may be benefitless, jobless, pensionless, and generally screwed tomorrow. :-(


P.S. Oh, and there's definitely something positive to be said for females of ample proportions. :-)
# posted by Anonymous : 11/4/07 7:58 AM  

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