This past week it was announced that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming Superman sequel, and the internet exploded.

People were up in arms over the decision, even going as far as starting online petitions to prevent this from ever taking place.

Meanwhile, chemical weapons were deployed in Syria, putting us on the brink of another war in the Middle East – not to mention the fact that we’re not exactly on good terms with Iran either… And people have said NOTHING.

The nuclear plant at Fukushima is currently leaking 300 TONS of nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean EVERY 24 HOURS – not a single petition.

Our schools are terribly overworked and underfunded – Nothing.

Congress can’t pass a single law without getting into a pissing match – they keep getting RE-ELECTED.

Our planet is warming at an alarming rate, and chemicals are being sprayed into the atmosphere – hardly anyone gives a shit.

Women’s rights are being trampled in Texas and other parts of the country – we let it happen.

1/4 of the country is obese, children are not being fed properly, and genetically modified crops and pesticides continue to threaten the very existence of the honey bee – a necessity for most of the crops we eat, by the way. What’s being done about that? Not much.

We are far from out of the dark when it comes to the economy – the very-rich continue to get richer and the poor continue to struggle.

People are being bullied for their beliefs, the color of their skin, and who they love.

We should be outraged and marching and protesting about any and all of the above issues.

But instead, we’re outraged by a Hollywood casting decision?

Well done.

It’s a casting for a superhero movie on top of all of that. Not even the biopic of one of the most influential people to ever live.

No, it’s about who’s gonna play freaking Batman.

All I know is that they chose an Academy Award-Winning actor to play the part. That, and everyone went bonkers over Heath Ledger playing The Joker (it was actually a very similar reaction).

We all know how that turned out. (Yeah, he won an Oscar)

Have we really become this dense?

We really to need to get our priorities straight. We have to start focusing on things that MATTER.

I guess what I’m saying here is, if we all just took even 25% of the effort we put into complaining about inane crap and used it to try and solve just some of the larger issues, then maybe, just maybe, the world would be a better place…

Just sayin’.


3 thoughts on “Priorities…

  1. I agree with everything you said.

    Maybe I shouldn’t go there, but I can’t help but think of last year’s event in Aurora. This mass murder takes place during the middle of Dark Knight, committed by a sick individual, inspired by a dark and violent movie.

    Many of the people who subsequently saw the movie that summer, weren’t bothered, or at least weren’t bothered enough to not see the movie. They’re was a moral disconnect between things on the screen and real life murder and death.

    I understand that everyone processes these things differently, still it’s worth considering how people can become so invested in entertainment and movies and so disconnected from real people and real suffering.

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