My post about Rick Reilly got me on a dodgeball tangent, which led to a comment from a fellow blogger about a school that--she swears it's true---discontinued recognizing honor roll students because the certificates might make the other students feel bad about themselves.
That got me thinking about a Kurt Vonnegut short story that had a tremendous impact on me when I was 13. (Yeah, I know...a 13-year old probably should not have been reading Vonnegut. Perhaps he is the reason why I'm so wacky now?) It was about our country, after the 213th amendment had been added onto our Constitution, when everyone was equal in every way. If a person was superior intellectually, they had to wear a device that made an obnoxious sound in their ear every few minutes, to ensure the genius did not have time to form a complex thought. If a person was physically attractive, they were forced to augment the face or body so they appeared disfigured. If a person was graceful, they had to lug around large bags of sand. There is a handicapper general who makes sure everyone is equal.
And as close to a "boy meets girl" story as Vonnegut could get to, a gorgeous, strapping hunk of a man meets a beautiful, lithe ballerina, and they...(You have to read the story or watch the movie to find out what happens.)