Why Don’t People Do That?

I was watching an episode of an old television show I enjoyed as a kid and heard a very interesting exchange between Eddie Corbett (portrayed by Brandon Cruz) and his father Tom Corbett (portrayed by Bill Bixby). It’s from the television series, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, which aired from 1969 to 1972. Other regulars on the show were Miyoshi Umeki, Kristina Holland and James Komack. A young Jodie Foster appeared in 5 episodes as Eddie’s friend, Joey.

The scene got me thinking about how we have a serious breakdown in morality here in the United States. Twisted, dysfunctional behavior is the norm. I don’t understand how so many in our society have allowed this to happen without raising questions about why. I know how it’s happened. I just can’t understand why more people don’t see it and attempt to do something about it. This mental and emotional illness is reflected in our television and movie choices. I’m not even going into details about what has caused what. Intellectual discussions about details can be distracting. But I am concerned when I see this type of behavior spill into serious parts of life. A morally bankrupt predator who had a dysfunctional television show (so I hear, I never saw it) with low intelligence and who shows clear evidence of being a sexual predator and an economic terrorist runs the executive branch of our government. This is scary.

The following exchange is something everyone in the United States should think about:

Eddie: “Do animals have elections?”

Mr. Corbett: “Uh, no, not that I’m aware of.”

Eddie: “Then, how do they pick the ones they want to be the leaders?”

Mr. Corbett: “Well, they don’t exactly pick ’em, sport. You see, animals just naturally follow the ones that are best suited. Usually, the wisest or the most courageous.”

Eddie: “Why don’t people do that?”

Mr. Corbett: “I don’t know.”

9 comments on “Why Don’t People Do That?

  1. Yeah. The innocence of youth is funny. But what it says about society is sad.

    Thanks for the comment.

  2. A great post about leadership, A Shift in Consciousness. It reminds me that some cultures (like the Ojibwe) used to prepare leaders to assume leadership positions that meant they needed to put the welfare of others before their own. And no one had to follow them unless they demonstrated emotional balance, diplomacy, wisdom, and generosity. Perhaps some cultures and peoples still do insist on wise leaders until the World Bank and CIA interfere.

  3. Yes, and it’s a powerful commentary on the pathetic dysfunction in our society that has led to an abysmal lack of leadership in places where it is most needed.

    I’m not sure how many places in the world have admirable leaders. Though not perfect, Bolivia has a leader that at least cares about people and the planet. Evo Morales has rejected the corporate leadership of the U.S. as well as the CIA, IMF and World Bank. Let’s hope more people become enlightened and put compassionate people in positions of power soon enough to rescue the planet from disaster.

    Thank you for the comment.

  4. To qualify as a leader in our country, you have to have lots of money. The “wisest or the most courageous” don’t stand a chance of being elected.

  5. Exactly. That’s the evidence that Capitalism is a plague on life. It’s a failed system in which predators run things and everyone else becomes prey. Wisdom and courage as well as compassion are considered meaningless while greed and selfishness are rewarded.

    Thanks for the comment.

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