Monday, July 29, 2013

You Like Hot Dogs?

“You’re not going to eat that are you?”

I glance down at the hot dog covered with chili and onions in my hand, waiting to be devoured.  The only thing missing is coleslaw on top, but 7-11 doesn’t offer that - yet.  “Yes, I’m going to eat it.  It’s my lunch.”

“Do you know what hot dogs are made of? No, because no one knows what they’re made of.  It’s just ground up scraps pressed together in a perverted image.  Why would you want to put that in your mouth?”

“Because I’m hungry and as I said, it’s my lunch.  Besides,” I give a shrug as I lift the loaded down bun to my mouth, “I enjoy hot dogs.”

The naysayer makes a disgusted face as he shakes his head.  “Why would anyone want to put that garbage into their bodies?  Do you know what eating like that is going to do to you one day?  Only idiots would do that to their bodies.”

I lifted my chili dog to my lips as if in a toast and then took a massive bite. 

I like hot dogs and I could care less what this person’s opinion was on the issue.  The fact that he felt the need to chastise me for my tastes in food only revealed how close minded he was about life.

Yet, that’s how the majority of people are today.  You don’t hear people screaming that everyone needs to enjoy hot dogs.  You only hear the reasons why it’s disgusting that you do.  Don’t believe me?  Look at the issue of tattoos, for an example.  I’ve never heard people with body art complain when they see someone without ink on their bodies.  “You don’t have a tattoo?  What the hell is wrong with you?  Everyone has tattoos.”  Those lines have never made it to my ears.  It’s the same with body piercings.  Those who have them don’t ridicule those who don’t.

However, the reverse could not be said.  People without tattoos quite often judge those who have them, especially those people who have turned their flesh into a canvas for another’s artistic expression.  “They’re going to regret that when they turn 80 and that wave on her chest comes crashing down on her stomach.  Why would any sane person want to do that to their body?”  And the criticisms continue.  Yet, what does it matter?  It’s not your body.

I want this tattoo, only he'd have a beard
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of tattoos.  First off, I’m covered with a carpet of hair so only a wolf or a gorilla tattoo would look right.  However, that’s my personal choice.  I have plenty of loved ones and friends that enjoy tattoos and can’t wait to show me their newest creation.  It’s their body.  Why would anyone else care what they do to it?

And the list goes on.  Health nuts want to condemn the rest of us and keep us from our Quarter Pounders and our Super Big Gulps.  Those who enjoy guns don’t judge the people who have never picked one up.  However, many want to take their rights away because they don’t care for guns.  The gay community has never tried to ban straight marriage, but the war has went on for centuries going the other way.  It’s ridiculous at how the close minded want to close everyone else’s minds as well.  Contrary to what you may have been taught in public office or in church, you are not the standard by which everyone else should live.  People should be able to live their lives the way that brings them the most happiness without a litany of judgmental criticisms being lodged against them.

There is nothing wrong with you not liking or agreeing with someone’s lifestyle choice.  This philosophy that we have to approve of everyone’s life choices is a stifling of free thought and will.  However, that freedom doesn’t include forcing everyone into your idea of what’s right and proper.  Everyone should be able to enjoy their hot dogs in peace!


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13 comments:

  1. You know, I have a similar experience the other day. Well, a little bit, but it involves me ordering a cup of black coffee after a glorius meal of Asado Pork (a kind of salty-sweet cooked meat, much like our Adobo, but without the vinegar), buttered veggies and rice. It was at a food court we have in malls, the kind where the whole basement is one noisy, lip smacking throng of eating disorder. A woman felt the need to unleash a sermon on me about the bad effects of coffee, and noticing my pack-of-tens Marlboro Black, managed to squeeze in the evils of tobacco too. But I kept a sober face, pretending to listen while I steal sips from my cup being threatened of getting cold. And the woman kept on, all the time holding a supersized tumbler of Coke. managed to excuse myself in time with her pause to take a long pull with a straw. And even whilke I was walking away, wiping a piece of paper napkin on my jowls, she yelled "Eat healthy!."

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    1. The other problem in the world is hypocrisy. People feel they are the standard, sadly, and not many are great examples. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  2. The stigma against tattoos is what personally resonated with me. I have two right now and plan on getting a lot more. When I tell people about the ideas I have, they always ask me if I understand how ugly and terrible my ink'll look when I'm eighty. To which I like to respond: "And how is your un-inked skin going to look much better? It's going to get just as old, just as wrinkled, except you're not going to have a story to tell."

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    1. Very wise words....To each their own I always say...I won't put my nose in your business and don't put your nose in mine...still, there are some who just can't help themselves.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Peter. Always great to see you here.

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  3. I agree, Robbie. I think it's great to be open to suggestions and change - but that doesn't mean I'm going to change to fit a certain mold. Also, when I give advice I normally only give it to people who 1) Ask for it or 2) Are trusted friends who understand my mannerisms. Anyone else who misunderstands my motives and hasn't put forth the effort to understand my point of view, I still listen to, but most of the time take their criticism, advice, or suggestions with a grain of salt. Some people could use more sugar, though, in my opinion. Lol. :) Great post!

    ~Laurie Kozlowski

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    1. Yes, they could use more sugar. Judgmental people always come with a bitter flavor. Great advice on giving advice, as well, Laurie :)

      As always, thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  5. Great post Robbie...

    It goes without saying..."if people would worry about themselves as much as they worry about what others are doing, it might be a better world."

    The world has changed...yes, but people really haven't in my opinion. They still judge and ridicule people according to their own rigid standards...they're just more vocal about it because they can be...thanks to social media.

    Live and let live...life is hard enough without having to give up a good chili dog...heehee! Think I'll fix some for lunch!!

    ~Taylor~

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    1. I loveeeee chili dogs lol!

      And I agree with you. I have enough problems of my own without worrying about what other people are doing to themselves. And no, it hasn't changed all that much. People still like to spout their opinions as the only criteria for proper behavior. It's sad how little distance we have traveled over the centuries in personal growth.

      Always great to see you here, Taylor :) Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  6. Great post! You know where I am on this one. I love chili dogs (well you may not have known that), I don't have a tattoo but don't criticize those who do (whoops, this either), and I hope for legalized gay marriage for my boys (ding ding). I also like your reply to Eman in regards to hypocrisy. I have experienced judgement and hypocrisy mostly in dogmatic social structures. Sad to say, I was one of those judgmental hypocrites for awhile even if at times only by association. However, I'm happy to say, I have drastically changed and I am free of it. Oh, how we grow and learn and thank GOODNESS it's never too late!

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    1. Growth in people, especially ourselves, is always a great thing. I was like you, as well, and it took a lot to make me open my eyes. I'm glad I did.

      Thanks, as always, for visiting and commenting!

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