I'm going to apologize up front for the header on this blog entry. Some puns are irresistible. A few weeks ago there was a huge media kerfuffle about the publication of topless photos of Kate Middleton, Prince William's bride. Well, the photos weren't topless, but apparently Kate was and some intrusive toad of a photographer snapped some shots which were subsequently published.
During the height of the media storm Kate and Williams jetted off to the Solomon Islands in the Pacific where they were warmly greeted by residents, including some topless women. It shows where our priorities are that the breasts of a royal were far more important news than the fact that the Solomon Islands are disappearing because of climate change. As sea levels rise some low-lying islands are awash and the water table of others is being compromised by saltwater. You may recall that the Prime Minister of the Solomons made an appeal at the United Nations on behalf of his beleaguered nation.
Why is it that we obsessed with celebrity but can't muster concern for the fate of whole populations, and eventually our planet? Churches and religious groups that raise these issues are often branded as misleading believers about the real issue of salvation. A candidate for the presidency of the most powerful nation on Earth mocked the current president for saying that climate change is a priority. Have you noticed that President Obama has been almost silent on this issue during the campaign?
I suppose we are boobs when it comes to getting our priorities straight.