Do You Believe That They Believe?

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

A week ago, the Rubins dined at a steakhouse even though the family matriarch (that would be me) doesn’t eat red meat. But I throw my husband and sons a literal bone every once and a while.

While waiting for our food, I whipped out my latest stash of Table Topics cards to stimulate thoughtful conversation. Hey, if you listened to endless penis and poo talk at the dinner table, you’d tote around discussion cards, too.

In fact, if they want to eat their reds, they better use their heads.

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

After a few duds, the following question surfaced:

What’s the most significant problem facing the world?

With male family members’ enthusiasm hovering near zero, each hungry Rubin answered in turn. Here’s what we responded:

  • Me: “Poverty.”
  • Mr. Rubin: “Nuclear proliferation.”
  • Youngest teen son: “My brother.”
  • Oldest teen son: “Ignorance.”

As all mothers would, I assumed my answer was best, though youngest teen son did get due props for originality. But later that evening, Mr. Rubin showed me an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer highlighting some surprising survey results. Therefore, I removed my Table Topic’s tiara, bid it a tearful adieu, and crowned my oldest son.

Examine my fancy table to see why:

Fancy Table

Do You Believe Table

Click on image for larger view.

As a healthcare provider, the last one especially saddens me, but the shape-shifting reptiles (that’s almost 50 believers!) and anti-Christ president don’t lag far behind.

Then again, one must read the fine print and see that the results come from a telephone survey:

  • Did the respondents answer in jest?
  • Who picks up a landline phone anymore, anyway? Shape-shifting reptiles?
  • And if humans do answer a landline, who participates in a survey? Certainly not me. 

Instead, I write blog posts at their expense…

So, is oldest teen son right yet again?* Is ignorance our greatest problem? If not, what is? Stupid surveys?

*It should come as no surprise that in addition to penis and poo talk, oldest teen son enjoys philosophy.

 

212 Responses to “Do You Believe That They Believe?”

  1. Fathead Follies

    I’ve come to believe that most things in life are subjective. I came out of college with a firm believe in certain things as irrefutable truths based on my educational experience and then I met a Marine who received his education in a very different manner and therefore had a completely different set of irrefutable truths. It was enlightening and at times completely frustrating.

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  2. ShimonZ

    I think you should be satisfied with the sizable majority. What, do you want every human being to believe the same thing?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Good point. Not to mention, that would make for very boring blog posts…

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Lori D

    I’m with your oldest teen son on ignorance, but I might add PC in the mix. BTW, thanks for calling me good lookin’. 😉

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  4. thefolia

    Not only do I have a land line, I answer it and yes I cooperated with a survey recently. I felt bad for the college student so I answered a few questions. It sounds like a new vitamin maybe on shelves soon and maybe my answers helped with their labels or something.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      That’s nice of you to do that. I tend to participate in most of the medical surveys that come my way via mail or email, because I’ve done my own surveys for research, and I know how important a good response rate is. But I’m not so good about phone ones. I rarely answer my landline, and when I do, I always screen first. 🙂

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  5. girlseule

    13% of people think Obama is the anti Christ? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Ignorance is a scary thing!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I know, right? Plus, there are those who aren’t sure. That’s almost scarier!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  6. Kourtney Heintz

    I think your son is right about ignorance. If people weren’t ignorant would gays have to fight for the right to marry? Or women the right to not have a rapist’s child? I mean the statements made by people fighting to prevent these things all seem to be steeped in ignorance. 😦

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    • Carrie Rubin

      So much ignorance. What’s really scary is when the ignorance comes from people who should know better. Like the congressman who said women could shut their bodies down during a rape to prevent pregnancy. And he sits on the Science Committee. How scary is that?…

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      • Kourtney Heintz

        Unbelievably scary ignorance. I think many people will latch on to anything they hear that reinforces their beliefs and ignore any evidence that contradicts them. 😦

        Ignorance really was a profound answer to your original question. Go eldest son! 🙂

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  7. muddledmom

    While I do pick up my land line, ahem, I do not wait even a second for someone to start with a survey. You have one smart son. Well, two. 😉

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  8. Janet

    What I have a hard time believing is that someone must get paid for coming up with those crazy polling questions. Nice work if you can get it.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I know. To think money went into this survey is a bit scary. Guess we went into the wrong fields. 😉

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  9. twistingthreads

    I personally know far too many people who believe in all of these (except the lizards, but I’m sure time will bring that joy to me as well). I would run away from these people screaming, except that in other respects I like them–or is that just denial because I still need to pay my bills? Oh, well. If nothing else work is always…interesting.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I don’t recall what you do, but it sounds like you encounter some pretty ‘colorful’ people there. I imagine the lizards will be coming around shortly. It’s only a matter of time. 😉

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  10. Curmudgeon-at-Large

    Question: Is the most significant problem facing the world ignorance or apathy?

    Answer: I don’t know and I don’t care…

    …followed by fluoride, Obama, the anti-Christ and anal probing by aliens.

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  11. ParentingIsFunny

    What an interesting little table of bizarre questions. I had not even heard of some of those crazy ideas. And why HAVEN’T I heard about this reptuman invasion?!?!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      ‘Reptuman’–Great name for it. 🙂

      There were even more questions than this in the survey, but I limited it to these five. My brain couldn’t take anymore!

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  12. eternalcadence

    hi Carrie… you gave such a great card idea to get kids talking and giving their opinion.. my mom would love it… !! great job 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      These cards do come in handy. My kids pretend not to like them and they groan when I pull them out, but after a few minutes they’re into the discussion. They’ll only seem to allow them when we’re out to eat though. But maybe that’s for the best. Don’t want to overdo a good thing. 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  13. Generic Dad

    As one who is often subjected to poop talk by my own kids, I sincerely sympathize with your plight. I am definitely going to incorporate the use of the subject cards! And regarding the theories of your eldest, he may be on to something for sure. Have you checked out the movie, Idiocracy latelty? I am starting to think it’s a documentary!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Somebody else mentioned that movie, and yes, I have seen it. I didn’t even think of it when I was writing this post, but it’s a good fit for sure.

      I’m always amazed by how so much insight can come from my kids in one sentence, and the next sentence is about poop. Ah, parenthood.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  14. runningonsober

    Ignorance is a good one, but I may put apathy above even it. Many are ignorant because they simply don’t care to be anything but. Reality tv, celebrity culture, ratings driven news outlets, and “giving zero f*cks” mentalities don’t help either. I’d suggest doing something about it but, well, I just really don’t care.
    Just kidding. 😉

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Haha! Good one. 🙂

      But I agree–apathy can be just as dangerous. Maybe it’s even worse. If we know something should be done, but we don’t care enough to do it, then that might be worse than not knowing it in the first place.

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  15. Alejandro De La Garza

    I think you and your oldest son had the 2 best responses. Ignorance usually leads to poverty, as proven by the fact some 13% of Americans believe Obama is the anti-Christ.

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  16. Honie Briggs

    Okay, after reading that table I wonder if maybe my neighbor isn’t a shape-shifting reptile trying to take over our HOA. then I wondered how can I get my hands on some of that mind-controlling technology because that Obi Wan Kanobe thing isn’t working for me. then I wondered if fluoride causes brain cells to spontaneously eject because people seem more stupider than they used to be. I believe oldest son is on to something there.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      A HOA–now that’s a perfect hiding place for shape-shifting reptiles. I’m glad to say we don’t belong to one. One of the perks of living on a high-traffic road (of which there are very few…)

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  17. August McLaughlin

    Hmm… I have to say, ignorance is a biggie. I also think that Americans have a skewed notion of success, and that the whole world would be brighter if we followed our passions. Oh, and a sense of entitlement–seems like a plague, particularly in S. Cali.

    But what REALLY stinks? No more Oprah show! So sad. I miss her every day. Enough o’ my complaining. LOL Hope you’re having a great week, Carrie!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      “a sense of entitlement”—Oh, that’s a good one, particularly as it relates to Americans. One only has to watch a few reality shows (scripted shows as well) to see this mentality.

      Oprah is to you as The View is to me. I’ll be sad when that one goes. I DVR it and watch it while I make dinner. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. You have a great week, too!

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  18. Stacie Chadwick

    I think eldest son is right up there. BTW I think I got carpel tunnel from scrolling down to the bottom of your comments. =)

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