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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

McNugget Madness

Not So Positive Signs

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I know, many people have been laughing about the McRage incident in Toledo.

And I admit, I chuckled as well. It's hard not to. In case you missed it, a woman got furious when she could not get Chicken McNuggets at 6:30 in the morning. 

She punched an employee, broke a window, and screamed obscenities. That incident is a sad commentary on where we stand as a society.

It seems there are more of these public mental breakdowns lately. Often because people simply cannot cope. Society has become more complex, people are working longer hours for less pay, and family units are fractured. More and more people have no support systems.

I know, from the many calls I get from people in pain, emotionally, physically and economically.

Imagine feeling so disenfranchised that you believe the only person who cares is a television anchor. I'm often flattered, but mostly saddened. It should not be that way.

There are many people in foreign countries who wonder why Americans are so driven. We are often chasing more money, to buy bigger houses, luxury cars, and more stuff. But this journey often comes at the perils of personal relationships. Chasing the American dream has become too difficult and too stressful for many Americans. Thousands are just one paycheck away from homelessness. Is this the correct mandate for the most powerful country in the world?

I do not have all the answers, but I am confident I have some. Much of the rage we see could be controlled with less emphasis on the things that do not matter. Success is not how much money you make, the car you drive, or even a powerful job. Success is finding joy in the simple moments of life. Success is not wearing expensive clothes and jewelry. It's appreciating your family and finding time to spend with your loved ones. Success means healthy communication with your kids. Parents must be interested in their lives. Texting, computers, and TV, do not count.

If more people understood the real definition of success, I believe fewer people would become unhinged. It starts with parents, teachers, and role models. They must impart the needed principals to our young people. Only then would we see a public with more stability, confidence, and joy. People with a foundation strong enough to face life's challenges.

Yes, we may have fewer stories like the Chicken McNugget lady to laugh about. But the more I think about that incident, the story is as sad as it is funny.


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