Saturday, October 31, 2009

Block That Hyperbole!

I really am not in a foul mood this morning. But something about a letter to the editor in this morning's local newspaper struck me as ironic, if not just plain weird. The letter writer writes that she accidently left her purse in a cart at a Wal-Mart last week. A Good Samaritan found the purse and arranged for its return with nothing missing. She goes on to say, "My faith in humanity is restored thanks to this kind person."

Really?? That's all it took? She now has faith in all of humanity, including the Cheney family, Al-Queda, Barry Manilow and Paris Hilton? For a purse and its contents? Wow! Makes me wonder what would have happened if someone had found and returned something really valuable like a diamond ring.

Sorry I'm so cynical. I'll get off my duff and go to the Farmer's Market. Maybe some fresh vegetables will restore my faith in humanity

7 comments:

Sculptress said...

A purse can be a very valuable possession, Crock! Our favorite shade of lipstick (which ALWAYS seems to no longer be in stock), our cell (with numbers of our priceless and favorite friends and loves), that reminder note that we need to get a new headlight for our car (but will forget to do anyway). Need I say more?! Ok, maybe you have a point!

forsythia said...

If she lived in Japan, this incident would not merit a letter to the editor. Purses, cameras, jewelry and other valuables are routinely returned to their owners, and no reward is expected.

rdl said...

you can be as cynical as you want.
mmmm fresh veggies!

Sculptress said...

Yes, fresh veggies! How could I forget?!

melissa larson said...

i'm with you on this one...i have very little hope for humanity!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm as much a cynic as you but in this particular case you may be over reacting. The woman is grateful that ONE individual proves to be a good person and restored some personal items.

I don't think that the big picture and more meaningful important issues should be placed on a priority list in comparison with anyone's purse and she couldn't have intended that either.

Crockhead said...

Anonymous, I don't think either that the woman was saying that her purse equals more important issues. I agree with you about that. What I found jarring about her comment is that the action by one individual restores her faith in the whole human race. That's a stretch -- more than a stretch -- a leap that doesn't make it. All the incident proved is that one individual is a person in whom she can have faith. It says nothing about the rest of humanity.