I've probably mentioned before that I don't turn on the television very often, but this evening I wanted to watch John Edwards endorsement of Barack Obama and then I didn't turn it back off. Big mistake. What came on afterward involved some soap opera actress who'd gone in for lap band surgery.
Even (insert name of big celebrity magazine), they told us, was covering her "inspirational journey".
In the interest of full disclosure I will say that I have some feelings about lap band surgery, and they're not positive ones. But that's not what this post is about. It's about the "inspirational journey" of someone who paid $12-25,000 for a surgical procedure to make weight loss easier.
Have we really fallen that far in this country, that a 45-minute surgical procedure and the weight loss that follows is an "inspirational journey"? Have we really grown that weak? Are we that short on true inspiration?