Henny Penny

Henny Penny

The sky is falling.  Everyone remembers the children’s tale of Henny Penny. As the tale goes, Henny Penny gets hit on the head by a falling acorn, because she is naive and simple minded, she is convinced the sky is falling. She then spends the rest of the day convincing others, like Goosey Lucy and Turkey Lurkey, the sky was most certainly falling and the world was ending. The story does not end well after they meet the sly Foxy Woxy. I don’t want to give everything way so read the tale. Golden Girls, season 6 reenacts a version of the tale. This fable is told and interpreted as a warning not to believe everything one is told. Between the news stations, Biden, Russia, and half of Europe the world is in freak out mode.  Just about half the country. Every day we take on a new urgency. It is being amplified by the media. Blue check marks and Instagram influence add to the mounting hysteria. Partisan activist outlets want to keep you clicking on their videos and articles.

Henny Penny by Paul Galdone

So what if it’s not true?  We are living longer, happier and healthier lives than in past. Everything isn’t perfect but, it’s pretty good. Remember this when you begin to freak out about your job, the nation’s health, or UFO’s and the world ending.

“Fearmongering works because we allow it to: we play our part in the cycle of fear, blame, and hatred. We allow ourselves to respond in kind to hatred and to hit back, even though we know our actions will only escalate the hatred. We learn to hate, too. We become the equivalent opposite of those who hate us. Yet we think that our hate is righteous, excused by the hatred we have so long endured. But hatred is still hatred. It is still cold. It is still dead. And it is still dehumanizing.”

Abdul El-Sayed, Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic

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