Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard. (Huntsville Times | Glenn Baeske) Mike Hubbard can take a flying leap off a Montgomery County bridge, and
belly flop right there on the Alabama River.
Joe Reed can swan dive after him, holding hands with Rep. John Rogers. Sen. Scott
Beason can take his gun bills and stick ‘em up his own exhaust pipe, and the
governor himself, Dr. Doctor Robert Bentley, can choke on his own tongue
Because they just don’t matter,celine outlet.
Republicans and Democrats? The endless debate over Common Core, the NRA, the
AEA, and the blah, blah, blah?
They don’t matter. Not to regular people who rise each morning and pour their
Wheaties in a bowl, who rush their kids onto a bus and worry as they kiss them
goodbye. The politics is just static noise interfering with a real busy real
The news is the same way. I know it. I could take a dive off the tip of
Vulcan’s spear, and it shouldn’t matter, either.
A story in the Guardian in England this month argued, in fact, . It actually drags down your health, the
author claimed, stifling creativity and making the consumer suspicious and
fearful. It ultimately turns you into some kind of mouth-breathing drooler, the
guy argued. Not unlike a member of the Legislature.
It is plausible, I guess,celine bags. Because, most of the time, what is “news” is unusual,
foreign and frightening. It has when we’re lucky precious little to do with
what is precious in our daily lives.
What’s really important to people? Football is of course important around
here. Which is why more Alabamians could tell you who plays third-string
running back for the Tide than who Mike Hubbard is in the first place. He is, by
the way, the speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives.
But what’s even more important than football, to people here and everywhere, is
the love or respect of ,celine handbags… somebody. It
is finding fulfillment in a job, whether that means struggling daily to change
the world or simply finding the means to put safe food on the table for a child.
It is important to eat and to drink and to laugh, to find medical care for
those who need it, to work hard and to feel good about it, to see all you can
see, learn all you can learn, to seek truth and find faith to believe in what
The Dalai Lama argued that what’s important is simply finding a meaningful
friend or a meaningful day. Albert Einstein said it is important to live for
today and hope for tomorrow.
Steve Jobs said what is important is that you “have a faith in people,celine, that
they’re basically good and smart.” And Henry James famously put it this way:
Three things in human life are
important,celine bag. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is
to be kind.
Nobody ever says what’s “important” is who controls the Statehouse. None
said the meaning of life is pushing left or right, protecting an ideology and vilifying
those who disagree. And none said it’s most important to find out every day who
got shot in the night, who will serve as mayor or council member, and who may
or may not pass some stupid bill that may or may not do what the sponsor claims.
Because that’s just politics, and that’s just news. Neither, let me assure
you, is the meaning of life.
But face it. The cavemen who survived the Pleistocene took a look outside
their caves before they ventured outside. The Greeks and Romans knew for
centuries their governments gave them rights and demanded obligations. When
they took that for granted, it all came crumbling down.
We must know what goes on outside our own caves. Even when is ugly. Even
when especially when we feel so insulated inside.
No. The unpleasantness we call politics is not what makes us happy. And the
nastiness that is the news will never give life meaning.
They do, however, make what is important possible.
John Archibald’s column appears
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Birmingham News, and on AL.com. Email