There are so many terrible problems to obsess over, such as wars, unemployment, environmental disasters and the mounting challenges at firing up at least a semblance of self-governance among our elected representatives in Congress.
Across the meat industry, activists are challenging almost every aspect of production, targeting every species of food animal and serving up a daily litany of problems, threats and abuses over which they urge the public to agonize—and more importantly, to contribute.
Most of the issues involved in all the scenarios above are complex, multifaceted and extremely difficult to solve—assuming you agree that they’re properly classified as problems in the first place. That can be psychologically stressful and ultimately damaging to people who make serious efforts to seek solutions.
As a counterbalance, a sort of anti-problem list, here are 10 Problems You Can Safely Ignore:
Sunscreen. These products can be “dangerous,” according to the Environmental Working Group. Why? Because of toxic chemicals (allegedly), vitamin A (EWG says it causes cancer; and I thought it helps to see better in the dark) and high SPF numbers (they’re misleading). Also, no sprays or powders should be used—they’re ineffective. Got it?
Aerosols. Used in numerous consumer and industrial products—spray paints, hairsprays, cleaning and household products, industrial sealants, lubricants—they’re “irresponsible,” says the Environmental Working Group. About 95% of aerosol propellants are hydrocarbons such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen, which are greenhouse gases. Not only that, but VOCs (volatile organic compounds) cause ground level ozone, a primary smog component.
Long-distance relationships. There’s now a support group for people in such relationships, “whether they’re a couple hours or a couple continents away,” according to the Daily Strength group. For all those sufferers, the group is a place “to share your long-distance challenges and triumphs, brag about long-distance love, give long-distance tips and ideas” and, of course, get support from people just like you. Only a long distance away.
Clutter. Clutterers Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of people who “share experience, strength, and hope with each other solve their problem with clutter and help others recover.” The only requirement for membership? A desire to eliminate clutter, which would seem to beg the question, but what do we know?