Just the other day, I received a phone call from the Dove D-O-V-E Foundation. That’s the way the caller announced himself. “Hi. I’m calling from the Dove D-O-V-E foundation. May I speak with the lady of the house?” After confirming that he was not calling to sell something or steal my identity, I refused to identify myself as the lady of anything. He finally got to the point: Do I think television programming is a problem? Do I agree it is an even larger problem that parents can’t do anything about it? I agreed that television programming is embarrassingly pathetic, but I most certainly did not think that parents are powerless to do anything about it. After all, it’s their choice to have television in their homes and to subscribe to cable, or satellite, or whatever. For example, I don’t like TV, so I don’t have TV in my home. How simple is that? It’s a choice…and just as I paused for a quick breath, he thanked me and hung up.
I wish he wouldn’t have done that.
Of course, as an advocate of quantum theory, I know that all possible realities exist simultaneously, each in it’s own dimension.
This pleases me.
And not because I just made it up. It pleases me because it means that our conversation did indeed continue in an alternate reality. In fact, in an unseen parallel dimension, the Dove D-O-V-E Foundation is even interested in diverse opinions.
No doubt, there is even a dimension in which I called the Dove Foundation to share my diverse opinion, and, rather than them shut me down, I shut them up. It went something like this:
Tammy: Hey. Is this the Dove Foundation? As in lovey-dovey lovey-dovey all the tiiiiiiime……ooooh baby……gonna show you a good time…..
Tammy: I see from the Dove Foundation website that you review movies and videos according to Judeo-Christian family values. What exactly are Judeo-Christian family values?
Tammy: That’s what I thought. The interpretation of the Bible and its translation into family values is really quite relative, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you agree that it depends on who’s doing the interpreting and translating? I mean, I look at the Bible and see a whole lot of begetting interspersed with a few crucifixions, some betrayal, and a significant amount of murder and adultery. Since the Bible is a family book, doesn’t everything in it represent a Judeo-Christian family value?