From a friendly relative of mine comes a version of this
holiday Christmas message from Ben Stein, with a dare:
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
To most of Ben's points of view, I'd add a hearty "amen." It is deeply disturbing to me that people are so caught up in frivolous popular culture at the expense of the many real and serious issues confronting our world today. It ought to matter a lot more that people are killing each other in Darfur (as an example) than whether Jessica is wearing Nick's ring, and what that could possibly mean.