Monday, June 12, 2017

I Wonder Why We Are Inspired By A Wonderful Fictional Woman Wonder Woman But We Ignore The Actual Deeds Of Actual Wonderful People

If I asked, have you ever heard of Benjamin Rush (No, he was not a relative of Rush Limbaugh), 99% of you would say one of the following to the electronic device of your choice in front of you, “Huh?” or “Who?”


If I asked, have you ever heard of Wonder Woman? 99.999% of you would say, “Absolutely! She is Wonderful!”


Is your Mind’s Eye available? If so, use your Mind’s Eye to picture this picture...

Ø One day Dr. Jonas Sulk was struck with the thought that he could invent a serum that would prevent Polio.

Ø Almost immediately he was again struck with the thought that such an undertaking was going to be a lot of hard work.

Ø He then thought of a better and absolutely easier way to become famous.

Ø He says to himself, “Self, my cousin is a pretty good writer. I will get him to write a pretty good article about how I invented a cure for Polio. Once my cousin’s writing has made me famous, I will not have to bother to find a cure for Polio. Why should I go to all the time and effort to actually invent the cure, when I can become just as famous for inventing the cure without actually having to invent the cure?”


Have I confused you enough? Are you to the point where you are saying to yourself, “Huh?”


It’s Wonder Woman. Her movies has been released and the Silliness of modern Good Ole USofA is in full swing. My newspaper has an article that says all of the following (My comments will be inserted in parentheses)...

Ø She is a “hero” for everybody (No she’s not. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø She has inspired all sorts of people the way all sorts heroes have inspired (No she didn’t. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø She embodies love, justice, kindness and independent thinking. (No, she does not. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø Since the beginning of time we’ve told stories through universal characters. Recently we’ve, for some reason, only chosen men to be those universal characters. (Huh?)

Ø Wonder Woman is for everybody. (No she’s not. She’s a fictional character.)

Ø She doesn’t want to bring any darkness to the world. (No she doesn’t not. She’s a fictional character.)


It’s my turn to wonder and I’m wondering why Hollywood did not make a movie about Dr. Benjamin Rush. He was pretty wonderful in his own right...

Ø He was a Founding Father.

Ø He signed the Declaration of Independence.

Ø He was a physician with Washington’s Army.

Ø He established America’s first dispensary.

Ø He heroically battled epidemics.

Ø He helped the poor.

Ø He fought slavery.

Ø He wrote the nation’s first chemistry textbook.

Ø His collected writings fill 45 volumes.

Ø He taught thousands of medical students that insanity was an illness, not a curse.

Ø He taught that dreams might be a pathway to the deeper workings of the mind.

Ø He has been called the father of American Psychiatry.

Ø On hearing of Rush’s death in 1813, John Adams wrote Thomas Jefferson: “I know of no character living or dead who has done more real good in America.”


Well I must concede that you put me in my place with that thought you just thought when you thought... “How could he be a Hero he did not wear a cape!”


That thought of yours has left me speechless.


Would I kid u?