Episode 148 — Adoption
Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:43 PM
Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:01 AM
Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:08 AM
Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:44 PM
For me (and I imagine many like myself), the topic is both touchy and rooted in emotion rather than process. I saw the title and I was actually really excited to listen but I feel like this guest was really just ... very dry and surgical in his explanation? I guess?
The whole narrative was like a WikiHow on the steps you take to do it but hardly delved into the emotional substance for those involved. Talking about the cost of doing business and the tax credits involved, sure, that's relevant info but it really took over the show. Then he finally got to the "why" of his decision to become an adoptive parent and he leads off with a shpiel about "overpopulation" and harm for the environment. Seriously? That's your main reason for doing so ever since you were a kid. So it's about ... recycling? Adoption is more green? That's wildly offensive. I'd love to hear your adopted child's thoughts about their lot in life being better for the environment. Then, when he gets to the secondary point (that children need homes), he immediately compares it to how pets need homes. Just digging the hole even deeper.
Maybe I'm just being nitpicky since it hits home in an uncomfortable and difficult way, but to think that this guy is the "authority" for the purpose of the show is disappointing at best. The takeaway was basically, 'Hey, if you got the money, be good to the environment and buy used!'
Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:48 PM
YES! For the direction Peter took this discussion and the talking points he presented, he took himself way too seriously. It was no different than someone smugly explaining their thought-process for buying an electric car at a wine tasting. Calling out Kyle for making jokes: come on, have you ever listened to this show? Maybe if there was any emotion behind the subject matter I can see shutting him down a bit, but he just really bugged me here.
Posted 25 March 2014 - 01:49 PM
For me (and I imagine many like myself), the topic is both touchy and rooted in emotion rather than process.
thanks for your input. i don't know much about adoption so it's interesting to hear about from all angles.
Posted 25 March 2014 - 03:19 PM
Even Kyle's attempts to lighten the convo were completely ignored by Mr Spruyt and in one case passively agressively brushed aside with "Kyle has an interest in keeping his bit going" (yes... and thank god for that) Not to mention Del Larue (sp) getting laughs and heightening the character from everyone except the guest.
Overall a very interesting listen, certainly a lesson is dealing with a certain type of person, but kind of a dry bummer.
Posted 25 March 2014 - 03:59 PM
Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:50 AM