Welcome to the second feature of my blog, Don’t Get Me Started.
Today’s random word: Bells
Now folks, just don’t even get me started on bells: they’re loud, obnoxious and overly alarming. Some cult worshipers have used these sinister contraptions in rituals and to each his own but really, using bells is just crossing the line. The aforementioned pear shaped apparatuses have been plaguing the earth since 1000 B.C., signaling such things as war, work/enslavement, mandatory worship, famine (think Monty Python’s classic “Bring out your dead!” and occasionally lunch, the worst of the three standardized meals. When I think of the word my immediate thoughts are mild indignation as well as “you’re a programmed zombie, walk to next class.”
The installment of bells in schools is symbolically detrimental to students post secondary careers. The strict “set in stone” schedule that is orchestrated by the ringing of either an electronic or metal (throwback) ring, is eerily similar to that of a detention center. In some ways the bell is a way for faculty to assert dominance, smothering all hopes, dreams, and creativity that students may possess. As a result of the bell youth may be better prepared for participation in the prison system rather than the workforce.
Bells may be one of the worst excuses for an instrument crafted by humans; if I had my way they would all end up like the Liberty Bell.
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