Who’s Laughing Now?

When the 1960s ended, San Francisco’s famed hippie district, Haight-Ashbury, reverted to a high rent area; so many of the flower-children generation moved down the coast to Santa Cruz. There they got married and had children (though not always in that particular order).  However, these parents didn’t give their offspring traditional names like John or Mary; instead, people in this Southern California town grew accustomed to their little ones playing with the likes of –  Frisbee, Sandal, Sun Ray, Spring Fever, Moonbeam, Earth, Breeze, Moon, Love, Peace, Precious, etc. Well, eventually all these boys and girls ended up together in public school and that’s when the kindergarten teacher first met, Fruit Stand.  Every fall, according to school instruction, parents bravely apply name tags to their children, kiss them good-bye, put them on the bus, and send them off to school.  So it was with, Fruit Stand.  The teacher thought the boy’s name was particularly odd, but tried to make the best of it.  “Would you like to play with the blocks, Fruit Stand?  Do you need to go to the washroom, Fruit Stand?  How about a snack, Fruit Stand?”  To all of these questions the child hesitantly responded.  When dismissal time came, the teacher led her class out to the buses.  “Fruit Stand, do you know which one is your bus?”  He didn’t reply (which wasn’t strange for he had hardly said anything all morning).  But fortunately, parents had also been instructed to write the child’s bus stop on the other side of their name tag.  So the teacher simply turned the boy’s name tag over, and there it was, printed very neatly, “Anthony.”
In 2014, two famous celebrities in their early sixties – pop singer, Linda Ronstadt, and comedian, Robin Williams – were both diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (the degeneration of the central nervous system first identified by the English surgeon, Dr. William Parkinson in 1906, for which today there is still no cure).  What makes this significant is that both stars had been very open about strong illegal drug use when much younger.  This in turn, has allowed the spotlight to be put on what medical doctors have been noticing – an increase of those in their early sixties getting a disease that up till now has generally been confined to individuals in their late eighties.  And researchers are beginning to make the connection between those drugs and this disease.  They’ve discovered that over time, using illicit drugs leads to brain tissue containing an abnormal amount of the same protein that is the classic hallmark of Parkinson’s.  (By the way, this is also why those coming off such drugs temporarily get the same tremor-like shakes as those with Parkinson’s Disease).  Then this spring, The Centre for Addiction And Mental Health at the University of Toronto, one of the world’s leading research facilities, published a paper stating that addicts are eight times more likely to get Parkinson’s Disease as those who are not (i.e. the ones  who took the party drugs in the sixties are now the ones who are getting Parkinson’s Disease in their sixties).  Of course, this is not to say that everyone who gets Parkinson’s has a drug past, but many do.

The bottom line?  In Proverbs 5:11, God says the following concerning an early sinful lifestyle and later health issues, And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed.   Robin Williams was a great talent but a profanity-laced comedian who had no time for God.  Thus the question, Who’s laughing now?