In modern America, anytime a person dares to tell a person that they are the cause of their own misery - many people tend to try and destroy that person even if their advice is correct. Over radio talk show host Dr. Laura's career, she has been attacked by people for giving out advice that is too tough and to the point. That approach to people that call her radio show has caused many, live your life according to what feels good, people to literally hate her. The funny thing is that no one is forcing these, mainly young people, to call the Dr. Laura Show in the first place and the advice she gives them is usually right on the money. The sad fact is that for too long parents have not been teaching their children about the consequences of bad behavior. Add to that fact, an out of control Hollywood culture that glorifies doing the wrong thing without showing what potential downfalls will result from such behavior and what we are left with are millions of young people that don't understand why they can't do anything they want and not pay a price for those choices. While Hollywood does play a role in this, 'if it feels good do it' culture - the real villains are the parents that have bought into that same approach to life as well.
What Dr. Laura is trying to do with her daily radio program is to shock young people into the realization that the world is not the cause of their problems, but their own poor choices are what is leading them down the road to misery. It has become so common for people to blame others for their bad lot in life that few people even look in the mirror anymore to examine their own choices and if those choices are the reason their life is not going well. Without careful self examination of personal choices, people tend to keep making the same mistake over and over again which leads them eventually to become old and bitter people. My wife loves to try and help friends and family solve problems. These friends and family, many times, complain over the simplest of things for weeks or years and my wife sometimes got frustrated trying to help them with good advice they never seemed to take. Several years ago I told my wife that some people tell others about their problems in order to find solutions, but most people want the problem and not the solution because what they really want is to complain constantly about the same old issue. When people listen to the Dr. Laura Show they get solutions to their problems whether they like it or not. The people that get the angriest at Dr. Laura are the ones that don't want the solution, but instead they want to forever be the victim of a cruel world where they have no control over what happens to them.
While I too sometimes think that Dr. Laura is too hard on some callers and her, the kids always come first, advice is too narrow minded - She is providing a valuable public service with her, in your face honesty, toward the people that call her radio program. Sometimes when I listen to the Dr. Laura Show it appears that her tough love advice is the first time many of these young people have ever been told that they could make better choices which in turn would give them more control over their own happiness. Now that fact is really sad because happy and successful people have always known that good choices lead to happiness while poor choices lead to problems. The modern day culture has taught millions of people that if they are unhappy or if their life is not going in the direction they desire, then there is nothing they can do about it but complain. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. We all make choices every single day that effect not only our personal happiness, but our financial well being as well. What Dr. Laura is so successful at doing with her radio program is teaching people, many for the first time, that it is not the fault of others that their life is out of control - but it is their own choices which are the driving force. Rather than being angry at Dr. Laura for giving tough advice to people that call her show, the American people should thank her for being the only real grown up that many of these callers have ever had to deal with.
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