14 Questions. Do you have answers?

6 Comments 03 December 2012


Some of my notebooks from all over the house and car. They contain mostly grocery lists but every now and then there’s another little note for my blog or expat book or novel.

I have a notebook and pen in the side pocket of my car. I often think of glamorous things like “oh yeah, we need more bin bags!” in the middle of the school run and need to write it down. Sometimes I think of a new twist for a character I’m developing, or a new blog post, or I hear a clever line in a Radio 4 programme. Sometimes I’m in a queue to pay for petrol and while staring idly at newspaper headlines I start to wonder about them. Or I’m gazing almost bankly at an advert on the back of a magazine and I drift off on my own little tangent, questions forming in the shallower part of my mind.

So here you go, some of my mental meanderings. Now you know some of what goes on in my mind during the school run:

1. Why is it not ok to air nicotine adverts (cigarettes, cigars, chew) in the UK but it is ok to make alcohol look sexy and make gambling look like fabulous party times? Especially in a country where binge drinking is a recognised problem and gambling is an increasingly alarming issue?

2. If food colourings and other additives are so bad for children, and if nasties like hydrogenated fats contribute to the rise in cancer, why aren’t there laws restricting use of these ingredients as there are laws preventing the use of other dangerous substances? Surely that would save healthcare costs?

3. Why do newspapers think it is “the public’s best interest” to expose horrid secrets about people, when those secrets have nothing to do with the person’s performance in their sport/politics/acting/whatever?

4. Why do celebrities (females) go out partying without any knickers on and then get out of the car as if they’re wearing jeans not a mini skirt, right in front of photographers? I mean, you wouldn’t invite the press to your gynae appointment, would you?

5. Why do people think it’s acceptable to shout at and threaten other people when they’re in the car but would never dare do the same if walking on the sidewalk? And why is this on the increase?

6. Why do some countries still have daylight savings time?

7. Why do we give importance to celebrities, people who offer little of value to our society? And conversely, why do we demean people who are some of the most important members of our society–and our future, with low pay (i.e. teachers)?

8. Why do we so easily forget how ‘it‘ feels when we’re not experiencing ‘it‘ anymore? ‘It‘ = to be a teen, to be treated badly in a shop, to not be let out at a busy junction, etc.

9. Why is discipline such a challenge when we know the benefits can be massive?

10. Why don’t more people learn to control their dreams (lucid dreaming) instead of talking about the nightmares they’ve had? Why don’t more people know they can control their dreams? Shouldn’t we be teaching this to young children?

11. If Stress is recognised as the source of many of our problems (and has been shown to contribute to early death), why don’t we have stress reduction techniques taught as part of our curriculum at schools from an early age? It could be a module in the class that also covers other mind/body issues like sex ed, relationships, ethics etc.

12. Why do so many people feel so lonely? What’s wrong with our world that there are so many people who either don’t know how to make friends or aren’t in a position where they can find friends?

13. Why isn’t money management taught to everyone at school?

14. What physiological trigger happens to our children at a certain age that makes them realise that as adults who have been there and lived a little we still know the square root of nothing and thus are not worth taking advice from? And why hasn’t some clever dietician come up with a teen diet or multivitamin to reverse this?


If you have any answers, clever readers, I would love to hear them!

Or do you have more questions to add?


Your Comments

6 Comments so far

  1. Expat Mum says:

    I’m not even going to try to answer these, but I laugh about the stress issue. Although most people seem to be stressed, compared to many of our ancestors, we have nothing to be stressed about. Before free education (in may countries) and free health care (in the UK) people literally never knew where the next meal was coming from, they watched their children die from preventable diseases, and most poor people were stuck in that rut for ever.
    We really have no idea what true stress is.

  2. Carole says:

    I like #3
    Do I care that x is having an affair with Y? No
    I remember the scandal of John Terry footballer who had an affair with WAyne Bridges X girlfirend and Wayne Bridge got all bent out os shape- Instead of the press concentrating on the WOrld cup they were yapping on about John Terry. Do the press think we are Soooooo sad we actually care? LOL :)sorreeee. rant over

    and #13 :)
    This is an excellent point

  3. Tammy says:

    We seem to be quite similar. I have little notepads all over the place for my inspirations as well. So often when I bother to to through them, not only am I finding items I keep forgetting to get at the market, I also find random thoughts like your 14 questions.

    Like the Expat Mum, I’m not going to try to answer them, but I could so see myself sitting at a traffic light thinking things just like this.

  4. Bronya says:

    Definitely agree with number 13! Money management is so important. And number 10 fascinates me, I am always intrigued by dreams, sometimes they are so crazy, and to be fair I didn’t even know you could control them! I will have to google that.
    As for number 3 it is something we often debate on our course. We did a whole Law essay about it, and have regular ethics classes, is so interesting! I have to say I agree with you, if it doesn’t benefit the public to know why should they, but I’m not sure what I would do under editorial pressure.
    Really enjoyed this post made me think :)

  5. Joel W says:

    #4 Didn’t know this was a large problem. I never think to pull out a camera when I see celebrities exiting vehicles sans underwear.

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