A sensible look at being sensitive
August 26, 2004
Sensitive is a lot in the news these days. It’s major talk in the presidential campaigns. Senator John Kerry wants a more “sensitive” war policy in Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney evidently thinks being “sensitive” may not be sufficiently macho. Yet President Bush thinks we should have a “sensitive” foreign policy.
With all this concern, I thought that it would be worthwhile to take stock of some personal proclivities for sensitivity.
I am sensitive about the often insane rants of talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Michael Weiner Savage.
I am sensitive about my wife’s allergy attacks.
I am sensitive about uncontrolled dogs that run loose and soil our yard.
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I am sensitive about skateboarders tearing through shopping centers without regard for the safety of other people quietly going about their own business.
I am sensitive about supermarket checkers who sneeze or cough and then handle my groceries.
I am sensitive about keeping reasonable distances from the other guys when I am driving.
I hope that I am sensitive enough to my wife’s sensitivity to insect control sprays. But you’ll have to ask her.
I am sensitive when I watch medical personnel not use disposal can pedals, but instead lift the can lids by hand and then immediately handle otherwise sterile medical products or touch patients themselves.
I was sensitive when I watched the Yanks’ A Rod get deliberately hit by a pitch and then receive a five-game suspension because he defended himself.
I am sensitive when I hear Bill O’Reilly call his show “The No Spin Zone” and then twirl so fast he would make Baryshnikov envious.
I am sensitive about being called unpatriotic when I condemn the insensitivity of the Bush Administration for cutting veterans’ benefits while they continue to pour money into wealthy people’s tax accounts.
I am sensitive when I watch a movie that is saturated with gratuitous violence and four-letter words whose seemingly only purpose is to excite the audience with gratuitous violence and four-letter words. It doesn’t take me long to quit.
I am sensitive about groups and laws with titles than mean the opposite, as in “No Child Left Behind” leaving so many kids behind; “The Clean Air Act” promoting little to cleanse; “The Patriot Act” defying traditional patriotism; and “Swift Boat Veterans For Truth” (according to so many first-hand witnesses) being anything but truthful.
I am sensitive about appearing to be too sensitive. But I wrote this anyway.
– Michael Zucker is resident of South Lake Tahoe and a stockbroker with Brookstreet Securities Corporation.
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