I am not sure how I feel this morning. I can't quite put my finger on it.......but I guess a feeling of 'disquiet' is as close as I can come and it began yesterday afternoon. I am completing some home renovations and needed an item that required a drive to the little hardware store in the closest town, about seven miles away. I got what I needed and went to the till. The young lady scanned the items and the total was $5.43. I gave the young lady a ten dollar bill and then gave her .43 cents so that she could give me a five dollar bill, instead of a pocket full of change. She just simply could not grasp the high finance and the older till could not do the math for her. I explained several times, but she still did not get it, so I said, "OK, just give me the .43 cents back and just proceed as if I had only given you the ten dollar bill. Now she was confused and worried that she may be getting shorted, so she went and got the manager from his little office in the back. He looked at the situation, rolled his eyes, took the .43 cents and handed me a five dollar bill. In the late evening, after checking the livestock and taking the dogs for their last outing, I turned on the televison and began thumbing through the satellite channels with the remote. I passed Americas Next Top Model and several other 'reality TV' type programs, a number of sitcoms with embarrassingly shallow humor and several 'What's Happening in Hollywood' shows. Despite the plethora of channels, it was quickly narrowed down to watching the media flog the G20 Summit to death on the news, a re-run of Two and a Half Men or a special documentary on Vision TV analysing the contents of a book called The Pagan Christ. I turned off the TV and read a couple of chapters in Rifles for Africa, by Gregor Woods. This morning I went out and did the chores, then came in, made coffee and turned on the computer to check for e-mails. The MSN home page flashed onto the screen and the bold headlines read, " Jen Aniston Looking to Experiment With Looks!", "Will We See Two More Brangelina Babies Soon?", "Your Bikini Survival Guide.", and "Tips on How to Ditch Your Cranky Moods." (After this post some will no doubt want to suggest I go back and read the last one.) It is really amazing that our species has survived for as long as it has on this beautiful planet, but certainly no mystery as to why we have it so messed up. With an endless list of significant problems and issues around the globe that urgently require our understanding and attention, the media continues to bombard us with drivel and frippery. One can only conclude that this happens because it is in fact what the unwashed masses want to read. More and more it appears that there are vast numbers of hominids wandering the planet with just enough gray matter between their ears to control breathing and other bodily functions. Is it just me?