The simply squandered life

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Even the trivial lives of the eternally superficial can serve a purpose, if the rest of society learns from them.

Paris Hilton, the famous-because-she's-famous, jet-setting heiress, will serve about half of her 45-day jail sentence, and will be separated from the general inmate population, authorities said.  Associated Press
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Paris Hilton, the famous-because-she's-famous, jet-setting heiress, will serve about half of her 45-day jail sentence, and will be separated from the general inmate population, authorities said.

Take Paris Hilton. Please.

We'd made a silent and meaningless vow never to type the words "Paris" and "Hilton" in the same sentence unless it was where we were planning to stay for the night.

But the incarceration of the chronically talked-about hotel heiress, whose misadventures don't otherwise amount to a hill of bean sprouts, is an opportunity to learn.

And the lesson is: This is what happens when someone has it too easy. You get a spoiled, troublesome, self-pitying, insufferable malcontent who is as superficial as cheap furniture polish.

In other words, life is meant to be a struggle.

Like years of raging water form the rough edges of a majestic canyon, hard work, difficulties and even suffering can shape us into things of beauty.

Of course, that doesn't mean it's wise to make things unnecessarily difficult on oneself. But neither is it character-building to have things handed to you on a silver platter.

"Hopefully, young people who look up to people like Paris will learn from this," Hilton's mother Kathy said - after having bitterly complained about the injustice of seeing her poor little darling sentenced to jail for violating probation on an earlier DUI conviction.

We don't much pay attention to Paris Hilton. We don't know why she's famous, except for being rich, svelte and snotty. But we do consider her the poster child for the dangers of vacuous overindulgence.

She may also be the radical Muslim's pinup girl for Western decadence and decay.

What would you do with her money? With her fame and her media platform? How many people could you be helping? How many poor could you be feeding and clothing? How many street children could be saved? How many schools and hospitals could be built with your largesse and your leadership?

Ah, but the problem is that you've first got to see beyond the end of your own chic nose. There's a whole world out there that, somehow, defies the known laws of attraction and gravity and doesn't revolve around your batting eyelashes.

We pray the 26-year-old Hilton will learn this someday.

She and her mother both acted as if her 45-day sentence in a "special needs housing unit" at a suburban L.A. jail - recently cut to 23 days, oddly enough for good behavior - was the end of the world.

Far from it.

If she plays her cards right, it could be the start of an entirely new, infinitely more meaningful, one.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/19/07 - 06:49 am
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This isn't a squandered life.

This isn't a squandered life. This is a person that is generating millions of dollars with a porn tape, a reality show like no other, modeling, advertisment acting, and strutting around acting superior. Her biggest promoter is the msm that uses her in their "national enquirer" segments of the news. They do everything they can to express shock and awe at her outrageous behavior while putting her on t.v. several times a day, every day. Because of her famous last name, the msm can't get enough of her. This article is just another part of her p.r. effort. Paris Hilton has created a niche and is making big money with it, it's the American way. I think she'll out last Anna Nichole Smith, the last media shock darling.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 05/19/07 - 09:23 am
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the major media have become

the major media have become little more than the enquirer.
real meaningful news is hardly covered. the latest celebrity slut
or missing person is now consuming most of primetime news.
no true investigative reporting about important govt frauds
exist and the checks and balances of such are gone.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/19/07 - 09:36 am
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Can anyone hear Don Henley

Can anyone hear Don Henley singing "Dirty Laundry"?

HTN007
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HTN007 05/19/07 - 11:08 am
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"She may also be the radical

"She may also be the radical Muslim's pinup girl for Western decadence and decay."

gcap
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gcap 05/19/07 - 11:13 am
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Paris Hilton is selling and

Paris Hilton is selling and many, among the American public, are buying. She probably works pretty hard. She's not the problem. The problem is an uneducated, trivia-addicted public willing to buy. She'll make more cash in her 20-odd days in jail than the vast majority of us will make in the next five years. The Augusta Chronicle should focus on the real problems, not Paris.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/19/07 - 11:46 am
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I wanna know what "good

I wanna know what "good behavior" she exhibited to get her sentence cut in half. She violated probation and then was late getting to court, thats why she got the 45 days. Them reducing her sentence is outrageous, unless there is something I don't know about. This would never have happened to a poor regular citizen. This sentence was meant to be punishment and to teach her a lesson. What lesson is she learning when you reduce her punishment for no reason!! An Outrage!!! If she ever hurts someone with her drinking and driving shinanigans I hope they also sue everyone who helped to get her sentence lightened. She's one that I think will never learn and one day it will cost her big time!!!!!

coco rubio
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coco rubio 05/19/07 - 12:27 pm
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i just want to thank the

i just want to thank the augusta chronicle editorial staff for feeding into the media frenzy that is paris hilton.....and for then attempting to preach about how bad a person she is because she's spoiled by, get this, all the media attention she gets for no reason.....and the "muslim pinup girl" remark is just icing on the cake......wow, you've reached a new low.....

sjgraci
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sjgraci 05/19/07 - 12:41 pm
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Augusta Chronicle = Rag

Augusta Chronicle = Rag

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/19/07 - 12:52 pm
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People who read and post on a

People who read and post on a paper that they believe to be a rag = ?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/19/07 - 01:22 pm
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Ya know... for you to to see

Ya know... for you to to see these posts..... you yourself had to click on this link....Don't wanna see it ...don't read the article....duhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 05/19/07 - 02:22 pm
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That's my point exactly,

That's my point exactly, TankAstand.

shygirlj
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shygirlj 05/22/07 - 02:11 pm
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if you wanna know what "good

if you wanna know what "good behavior" Paris got off for, try looking up Conan's bit on new characters for his show -- one was the judge from her case...it was funny [a little crass, but funny].

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