If you think it’s important, I got the image here at Zimbio
That’s right. It’s a question. And it’s something that has been bugging me lately. Look, I am sick to death of all of this Kardashian Krap going on. They are the “Paris Hiltons” of the moment: Being famous for being famous. They piss me off because of one thing: Not one damned thing they’ve ever done is going to make a damned difference in a hundred years. Nobody will remember them, care about them, think about them and they will be demoted to a small footnote in Wikipedia. Could somebody please tell me what the damned hysteria is all about? Christ!
I keep thinking about that line in Scarface when Montana says to his coke-hussy girlfriend, “Why don’t you get a job? Work with lepers. Blind kids. Anything’s gotta be better than lying around all day waiting for me to **** you.”
But somehow, despite negative energy surrounding everything, the money keeps piling in, the Kardashians keep getting more famous and more weird, and I just keep on typing.
Those fine people at People brought you this mug shot.
Lindsey Lohan is a tragedy. Charlie Sheen made it though his explosive episode of Tiger Blood & Winning and woke out of his initial torpor, followed up by a ripping manic episode to realize that the cash flow was going in the wrong direction. So he straightened up. Such is the power of positive reinforcement. And God knows money certainly is.
“Good for him.” I think, as I clean a bird cage and mop the floor again. And I do it without tweeting about it or screaming, WINNING!
Maybe next time I’ll let out a small, faded, “Trying!” And after I’m done with the floor, I sit down and keep on typing. And my question again: Will anyone desperately need the Charlie Sheen drama details in a century?
Headline: Courteney Cox and David Arquette Officially File for Divorce: Why It’s Sad to See it End
What? I’m not sad to see it end. I don’t have my “pulse on the finger of the community,” so I don’t give a damn. It’s not important to me. I simply don’t care.
I think about when I was younger and remember what I thought was important at the time. Oh my God. I think about it and cringe. Why I gave a damn about certain things and not other matters mystifies me now. A few decades wakes up your fine, furry brain in a hurry, doesn’t it?
These people and what they do, or don’t do, are not important. At least to me. They simply irritate me. What is important to me has nothing to do with the world of OMG! It is at best, a mild distraction from getting what is important to me either across to the world or in my brain so I will have learned something that day.
And I am very sure that anything I have to say, the work of rescue and adoption foundations, The World Parrot Trust, The Tambopata Project, The Alex Foundation and other efforts I feel are worthwhile are of zero interest to them. I can live with that. I simply wish those people would give me half of their clothing budget for just one month.
Phoenix Landing, Best Friends and Florida Parrot Rescue would be doing great! If we could all contribute like that, I don’t think there would be an underfunded animal rescue in the country. But most of us can’t. It’s all we can do to find the time to keep our own lives together. But we give five or ten dollars here or there, foster a bird, adopt a dog or volunteer in some way.
Now this? Important.
It may not appear to be much to others who don’t understand what we do, but I like to think that each one of us is making a small difference in the world with our contributions to the world of birds. I’m not talking about just the monetary contributions either. I think of all of the fostering and cage cleaning, volunteering, rescue work and other small efforts that go on every single day. The little things nobody else notices, nobody else cares about and go unmentioned. Those are the important things. This guy grew up in a log cabin and changed a few things:
He was poor. He made it. Good for him. He’ll remain important for as long as this country lasts.
Kim Kardashian? Ummm…no. If she began in a log cabin and did something that mattered, I’d be impressed. But she started out with a few million. That’ll buy you a LOT of press, influence and seed money for a successful business and the shot at a reality show. But when it comes down to it, what exactly has Kim Kardashian accomplished that made a positive impact in the world?
And in the meantime, people like me are dealing with stuff at our jobs and in our lives. We all have to deal with our work and the petty little problems that arise.
Then we go home and deal with their lives: The lives of our birds. In many cases, it’s birds somebody else decided they didn’t want.
How much of us is left after a tough day? I can assure you, it’s enough to cope with our flocks because we have to do it.
(This was shot in the middle of a four hour ground delay due to a security breach. Full cabin, tense, nobody spoke English and we were swarming with guys dressed up like G.I. Joes. It was hot as hell, we were waiting for the completion a full aircraft search and I’m periodically yelling information to the ground over jet engines. It was nuts. By the time we took off, we were all exhausted.)
People like us go on about our lives every day attempting to make a positive difference in our little world of birds and try to put a scratch on this earth that will be recognized as a positive sign of better things to come. If I only did one thing in my life that I could be happy with what I accomplished, it would probably be the “Chop” thing. Because I believe it has made a positive impact on the way people feed their birds. And I hope it will continue to do that in the future.
But we all have those little moments where we made a difference in the life of a person, a bird, an animal or a rescue. We, as the Parrot Nation have made a difference in so many ways. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t ever think that what you do doesn’t matter. Because it does. It matters greatly. We may not all end up on American Idol, but it doesn’t matter. (By the way, I have never watched that show. I don’t think it’s important.)
I’d like to think I may have made a small difference here at the blog. I wanted to do the right thing. I write. That’s just one of the things I do to try and help. And there are so many other people who make a difference every day that have a far more direct impact on birds and the rescue and adoption organizations.
We all have entered into the arena of birds attempting to do the right thing. We might not all have managed to get it right all the time. God knows, I’ve screwed up enough times. But we all try. Nobody gets into this by declaring, “I think I’ll screw this up to end all screwups.”
We start out meaning well. But what matters is how we end up. And if we can be successful at making rescues obsolete for lack of necessity, stop poaching, stop the need for adoption and move into a brighter world where nothing is broken or on fire, then we will have made a difference. Because when it comes down to it, that’s what is important.
In the meantime, I just keep on typing. And like the rest of you, I will be trying to make small differences in the world every single day. Let’s keep it up; I think we’re getting somewhere.
June 17, 2012 at 8:25 am
A friggin’ MEN!!! The sad thing is, it’s the general public who give people like the K’s their BS celebrity status. I find them, and people like them an insult to my intelligence, won’t watch their “shows” or any such nonsense. However, a lot of people do .. so what does that say about our country? Scares me.
June 17, 2012 at 8:37 am
I mever hear of any of the Kardashians….or other reality show idiots giving to charities….it’s all about them, all of the time and just shows how screwed up a world we live in!
June 17, 2012 at 9:11 am
I’ve never understood the need for “reality shows”. If you are living in this world, doing the things we do everyday there is more than enough reality for this gal!
June 17, 2012 at 9:30 am
I stopped watching television in 1992 (after a hurricane took all of that unnecessary crap away long enough for me to realize I didn’t miss it or want it back), so I think I know more about 21 Jump Street than any of these reality shows. haha. Excellent write.
June 17, 2012 at 9:45 am
June 17, 2012 at 11:26 am
Thank You so much for expressing yourself!!! I agree with you as I know so many, many others do, too. The “celebrity” mill has always been and always will be just crap mongers and meaningless to real life. Take heart in knowing that you really are appreciated and people like you who do try to make a meaningful difference for the good in this world are really what keeps this planet ticking. Good will always conquer evil. I know sometimes it does not seem so, but we know the truth. Light will always conquer the darkness. Keep on shining your light and doing what you know in your heart is right, every day. I have faith in you and everyone like you, that it Does Matter. Stay strong and don’t let the idiots get you down. Best wishes to you and the wonderful birds that you are helping. You will be blessed forever. ;3..
June 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
Oh Patricia, I love it when you “rant” the same way I would if I could;). Just this morning hubby and I said almost simultaniously ” If I never hear the name Kardashian again, it stil will be too soon. Were having that conversation as I am coming out of birdroom after cleaning it, more than likely a few downfeathers stuck on me, poop under fingernail and hair out of bobbypins for Earl Grey loves digging in it as I am on knees scrubbing a grate. WTG !! 🙂
June 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm
You nailed it, Patricia! I don’t understand our societies obsession with overpaid celebrities, even those who ARE exceptionally talented, except that that people are living vicariously. And that is sad, too have such an unfulfilling life that you are living through gossip about a total stranger.
I am sitting next to my newly adopted M2, At the end of his first week here, he is opening up, though he’s still overwhelmed at suddenly living in a home with 8 other adioted birds. He’s on the parrot tower next to my chair, saying to me, “I love you” and muttering away as we continue our bonding. It doesn’t get better than this. Yes, other pleasures/interests are often as good, but not better.
Of course, must confess, other than having heard or seen the name Kadarshian, or whatever, I haven’t a clue who these people are. I’m way out of the loop on “contemporary culture” and much too busy to watch mindless television.
June 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Thanks for putting things in perspective……sometimes we all need it!! No matter that cause, its the point of making a difference to the best of your abilities…..and following thru.
June 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Truth be known it is the media that proceed to give us what they think we want and are interested in. If we all let them know how we really feel about these idiots maybe they would think twice about the amount of space they get. Love your blog Trish!
June 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Well…where do I begin? I was only planning to comment on your “American Idol” remark. But as I read more of your work, I realized that I had to widen the scope of my commentary. About “American Idol”: you don’t think it’s important, but you’ve never watched it. Perhaps if you did, and saw some of the very talented singers it features, you’d be able to figure out its importance. (Unless you don’t like music or singing. Not to mention the fact that most of the top performers–not just the winners–have gone on to have successful singing careers–which means that “American Idol” serves a functional–as well as cultural–role in our society.) Do I find the Kardashians important? Not particularly, no, in the grand scheme of things. But they are important to somebody. Comedians, for example, and the audiences that listen to them. Now comedians are important; they make us laugh, and laughter is a necessary ingredient to get through this thing we call life. But how would a Kardashian joke work if no one knew who they were? You said that you were “sick to death of all this Kardashian Krap going on”, and that they piss you off. That’s an awful lot of emotion to invest in something that you don’t consider important. When I find something unimportant, I don’t waste needless emotion on it; I simply ignore it. And maybe they’re famous for being famous, but they are successful businesswomen, and they are making the most out of their claim to fame–even if they had seed money to start with. At a time when the economy is so fragile–and business practices so shady–that the term “job security” has become as obsolete as 8-track cartridges, that’s important. It reminds us that there are always ways to get along, whether they are your cup of tea or not. So you don’t think having your finger on the pulse of the community is important? When we take our fingers off the pulse of the community, we allow corporations and politicians to have free rein to manipulate us as they wish. By the time we wake up and begin to complain, it’s usually too late; we often find that more of our rights have been taken away, or some new, unjust law or practice is being shoved down our throats. They stole the 2000 and 2004 elections; they’re trying to do it again, with all these restrictive new voting laws popping up in so many states. They couldn’t do that to us if we remained informed. Part of that process is remaining in touch with the community. Note: that doesn’t mean moving in complete lock-step with the community; but it does help to be able to win a round or two of “Jeopardy” (smile). In a previous blog entitled, “A Bunch of Jabberwocky”, you decried meanness and sniping, and rightly so. Unfortunately, your derision of the Kardashians was exactly that. Your article would have been quite effective without any mention of them. In fact, on the whole, I admire your work. Which is why I spent so much time today, reading it. I appreciated learning about the “Chop” feeding method. If I ever own a parrot, I will remember to try it. In the meantime, I entreat you: more relevant content, less sniping, please. There are enough people on that bandwagon already; they are colloquially referred to as “haters”. Not a group that any conscientious person should, willingly or wittingly, be a part of. Thank you for your time.
June 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm
A well-thought out and well-written answer to an interesting and provacative blog. My take on Patricia’s rant on the Kardashians is that it is not so much personally directed at them as at the surrounding mystique created by the show’s producers or whoever. It is a strange world we live in when our lives are so devoid of interest, challenge and excitement that we are reduced to being voyeurs in others’ lives via the television media. I think it is that mindset that has created the market for such people as the Kardashians. Their function is to live the dramatic, exciting and gratifying life we all(not!) wish to live–hence their success. It is therefore OUR responsiblilty to step up and live our own lives to the fullest. In my opinion, the life well-lived is a life lived for others. Our birds teach us this as we scrub cages, make chop and sweep the floor one more time. We can extend this lesson farther and use our lives to help others in many capacities, whether it’s spreading the word about Chop, rescuing parrots, working with sick kids, planting a garden, spending time with the elderly. These are the things that really make a difference in this world.
June 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm
I feel the same as you do Patricia, about the people who make it onto OMG! What the Hell did they do??????? Did any one of them ever rescue a bald parrot or a ugly mutt dog? I have done both, but you’ll never see me on OMG!
Love you girl……….
June 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Well expressed and well done, dear Patricia! I am reading Of Parrots and People by Mira Tweti (was on sale at Daedalus Books.com) Currently reading the chapter on parrot rescue orgs. What an eye opener! I know who I rescued and how we all live. God Bless Phoenix Landing, Gabriel Trust, MAARS and all the other organizations who rescue and foster.
June 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm
Well said, the useless life of the ultra rich makes me want to spit, they could be doing so many ” Important ” things. They do not matter in the grand scheme of things.
June 18, 2012 at 1:11 am
Awesome article! Once again you have written what many of us feel and think!
June 18, 2012 at 1:46 am
Thanks Patricia, I needed that after a hard and exhausting week at work.
June 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm
Let me say first of all I love your blog about parrots. My passion is parrots and we can never have enough education concerning their lives in captivity. I enjoy your writing and have recommended your blog to many people; however I was shocked to see you use Christ with an exclamation mark…..like a swear word . To hear people say it offends me but to see it in print is also offensive.
June 22, 2012 at 6:53 am
I’m sorry you found that offensive. Sometimes when I write as much as I do, occasionally my work takes on a certain, “inner personal narrative.” I write what is on my mind and I don’t look back. I assure you I had not meant to use the word as a “swear word.” I know plenty of them as I work in the airline business and hear them often. My line of work does however prohibit me from verbally employing them.
Rather, I prefer to think it was more like a cry for help. Because at this point in the pageant regarding the situation I was describing, the only thing that is going to help these people is Divine Intervention.
My apologies for having offended you though. I’ll try and keep it a little more civilized in the future. Thank you for the reality check.