I’ve never done a great job of keeping up with world events. When I was in high school, for the longest time I thought Air Jordan was an Israeli airport blown up by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). I must say that I felt rather foolish once I found out that they were athletic shoes named after basketball player Michael Jordan.
About the same time, I remember hearing everyone talking about the youth in Asia. I thought this was odd. Why not just say kids? Or children? Anyway, I began to hear the youth in Asia mentioned on the news and in energetic arguments by members of the debate team. I wasn’t following the reports or conversations; I just picked up on that phrase youth in Asia.
Finally, I heard someone bring up those Asian kids again in newspaper class. I threw down my pencil and asked, “What’s the big deal about those darn kids in Asia? I’m sick of hearing about them!”
My classmates turned and looked at me. “We’re not talking about the youth in Asia,” one said. “We’re discussing assisted suicide, which is also known as euthanasia.” It dawned on me that Dr. Kevorkian’s name had been mentioned, along with the youth in Asia. It was a mistake that anyone could have made, although I had wished that anyone else would have made it instead of me.