My doctor said I need to use a neti pot.
A neti pot is not a dish you find in the international foods aisle at the grocery story.
I know, I asked.
After I couldn’t find one.
“Wouldn’t that be with the pot noodles?” I asked. I saw something called Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodles. Are Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodles set on a shelf by themselves because they are so unruly and use harsh language?
What do they do that gives them a bad boy reputation?
And, are they tasty?
“You want to look in the pharmacy area,” I was told.
Was that a threat? Were the Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodles going to do something to me if I didn’t walk all the way to the other side of the store — to the pharmacy section? I’m pretty sure a neti pot is designed to kill you, so Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodles must be some kind of really bad.
I did find said neti pot in the pharmacy area of the store. I read the instructions.
“Part of the instructions are missing,” I told the helpful person who responded to my pleas of, “Help! Help!”
They looked at the box the neti pot came in. They read the instructions. They looked at me.
“I think the instructions are pretty clear,” I was told.
“Where’s the part about the lifeguard?” I asked.
I was asked, politely, to leave.
Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.
Although the human spirit yearns for freedom, tyrannical regimes have been the norm throughout history. Since the dawn of mankind, people around the world have lived miserable, subjugated lives repressed by monarchs, fascists, tyrants, and dictators who controlled virtually every aspect of their lives.
In 1776 America became the first country founded on the recognition of the sanctity of individual freedom. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the core of America.
The United States was the only country established exclusively on the principle of individual liberty as an unalienable right. The founders of America recognized freedom as a fundamental human right, not something bestowed by an individual or group. Our Constitution was written specifically to protect our rights and freedoms from being usurped by power hungry tyrants.
Could this work for all Americans?
I haven’t watched much professional sports over the past few months. Last Thursday I did tune into the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns football game.
My attention grew when I saw both teams on the field, arm in arm standing together for the National Anthem. I didn’t see three or four kneeling or one team in the locker room and another team on the field.
I didn’t see anyone standing on their heads or someone else doing flip-flops or something else. Both teams were standing, arm in arm in attention for the National Anthem.
I watched the entire game. The Bengals and Browns played one of the best games I’ve watched in some time. The game was fun to watch.
What they did was so simple yet so profound. They stood arm in arm for the National Anthem.
On the state flag of Missouri, we find these words, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”
This is also the state motto for Kentucky. Of course, words are only words if they are not backed by action.