Have we lost the ability to determine what is or isn't essential? That's what Mike Slater tackled on "The Mike Slater Show." The topic came up, in part, due to a further lack of understanding of priorities in California by Governor Jerry Brown.
Slater set up the discussion with an an article by Ed Driscal about the 1979 movie called, Manhattan. Admitting up front to not having seen the Woody Allen film, he describes it, according to IMDB, as a film about a television comedy writer who's annoyed that he has to keep churning out garbage and dreams of being the next great American novelist.
He hones in on one particular point in the movie where Woody Allen, speaking into a tape recorder, says, "An idea for a short story, about people in Manhattan, who are constantly creating these real unnecessary neurotic problems for themselves, because it keeps them from dealing with more unsolvable terrifying problems about the universe.”
Slater asks if this is what we've all been guilty of doing lately. Pointing to Victor Davis Hanson's recent article for National Review entitled "Don't Sweat the Big Stuff," Mike laments that the governor of California "can't properly deliver enough water to the people who live in his state but he will fantasize about building a train that no one wants all day long. That's someone who can't distinguish between what's important and unimportant."