Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Is it wrong not to "LIVESTRONG?"

A package came today filled with 10 of those trendy "LIVESTRONG" wristbands. My wife ordered them directly from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. My daughter, Megan, has four on and says "put one on Dad." Now, I'm not an outwardly rebellious person, but on the inside there are just somethings I won't do. I wouldn't wear a red ribbon for aids victims, wouldn't wear the "WWJD" wristbands, wouldn't put out a flag after "9/11," and now I'm not wearing these damn wristbands. It's not becuase I don't care about people with cancer. Quite the contrary, I have no problem donating the money to the foundation. I just have a problem making a statement about it. It's difficult to explain this to my 8-year-old daughter so she'll understand. I find it important not conforming in my own small ways.
There's a decent article on these wristbands at http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29095.asp, which puts it this way:
Slate journalist Timothy Noah, who describes a "tragedy of the commons" with the bracelets. He argues that because there are many more charitable causes than colors, the bracelets lose meaning since it's impossible to tell which issue is represented by a bracelet based on its color.

Besides, I've read far too many Sci-Fi/horror novels and seen too many bad TV episodes in which something that everybody is wearing brainwashes them into committing crimes or following an alien race. I'm not big into conspiracy theories but what would happen right now if everyone with those wristbands on were sent a signal to vote an insideously evil person into office? Hey, just how many of those wristbands were available last November?

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