This is a fantastic commercial that I'm sure people took seriously and actually sent in complaints. Even with today's corporate scandals and bad CEO's I highly doubt any company would sink so low as to tattoo someones forehead. Oh wait....
Although outside the normal scope of our posts, but because of the broad diversity of our readers, the following are my thoughts on the Virginia Tech Massacre.
David Bowie wrote a song called “I’m Afraid of Americans.” Well quite frankly, as an American, I am afraid of Americans too. Look at who we are and where we came from. The settling of America was largely composed of religious fanatics, indentured servants, criminals, opportunistic thugs and other fringe types. Back then, you had to figure that chances of even making it across the ocean weren’t very good. Then the chances of your survival once in America were none too good either. So things had to really, really suck in your neighborhood if coming to America looked like a good idea. Ultimately, America has been substantially helped by our general willingness to be open to those that want to come here.
And what stew does that mix make? A great one! In spite of our own government’s best efforts to strip us of our civil liberties and freedoms, I believe that most Americans still want to live an unencumbered life of their own choosing. And for the most part, it is still possible. Unfortunately, there is no utopia when it comes to any system. As it is true that to love someone, you have to also risk being badly hurt, when we live a free life, we are also exposing ourselves to dangers from others. Fortunately, those risks are small in the big picture of things. Previous to the Virginia Tech Massacre, the worst school killings occurred in 1966 – over 40 years ago. I do not say this to take away from the tragedy of what has happened, just to say that it has been a part of our lives for a good stretch of time.
On behalf of Art-N-Body, I want to express my deepest sorrow and sympathy for those that needlessly died and also to their families. Actually, everyone has lost something in this event. Without further limiting our ability to be creatively free to live our lives as we see fit (without harming others, of course), let’s see if there are lessons that can be learned from this tragic event and go forward to an even better way of life. Otherwise, the loss of those that have died will truly be in vain and this lesson will continue to be repeated.