Chicken Little is the story of a chicken who believes that “the sky is falling” because an acorn has fallen on her head. Her hysterical pronouncements convince other animals that this is true. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

I didn’t realize until I read the Wiki link that the story had more than one possible ending. “The moral to be drawn changes, depending on the version. Where there is a ‘happy ending’, the moral is not to be a ‘Chicken’ but to have courage. In other versions where the birds are eaten by the fox, the fable is interpreted as a warning not to believe everything you are told.”

Does anyone else note the delicious irony of the chicken being eaten by the fox? Fox News is the biggest fear monger around.

Fear mongering – whether justified or not – can sometimes elicit a societal response called Chicken Little syndrome, described as “inferring catastrophic conclusions possibly resulting in paralysis.” It has also been defined as “a sense of despair or passivity which blocks the audience from actions.”

There are sure a lot of acorns falling from the sky of late. Just in the last couple of weeks we have had: earthquakes in California and Chile, Iceland’s volcano doing something yet to be determined, the execution of a journalist, more young black men killed by cops, Ferguson protests and also compassion, Ebola, the Islamic State terrorizing folks in Syria and Iraq, wildfires, floods, heat waves and droughts. I’m sorry for whatever acorns I missed. It does seem like the media has conspired to paralyze us with their steady stream of acorn coverage.

You’ll remember that ACORN was blamed by Republicans for lots of things and eventually denied federal funding. The acronym stood for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Psst. They were not guilty of any of it except wanting to make positive change.

I am turning into a Big Chicken. I am running away from the news. I am running to activism to avoid the despair of too much news. I am making phone calls for volunteers and for early voting. If I hear one more tragic story about which I can personally do nothing, you’ll hear my screaming. I’m beginning to think too much of the media wants us to scream or cry and to just give up.

Moral to the story: If we give up the Fox eats us.