There are two certain things that can ingested into the human body. We are told that one is good for us and that one is bad for us.
So it was with some surprise that I viewed two photographs of these two things in my local newspaper. The good thing is good because it prevents illness and keeps us healthy. The bad thing causes health deterioration and is so bad that a local physician said on a radio show that anyone who gives it to someone else should be charged with manslaughter.
The photography that illustrates the good thing depicts a woman in agony being stuck with a needle in her arm. You can see at the October 12, 2011 Clarion-Ledger article entitled “Vaccine offered at all County Health Departments.” It hurts to look at it. The second photograph depicting the bad thing is also in the same day’s newspaper in an article entitled “Fair food provides hiatus for diet conscious.”
Images and words are powerful things. They influence us at many levels. In this case, I think that the images won out.