This book is a clever satire with
a serious social message: How poorly we treat each other in society and how
this poor behavior weakens us personally and as a nation.
The book critiques a wide array
of everyday social behaviors and offers solutions on how to correct our
Dr. Mayer proposes a new social
disorder (illness) he calls, Center Of
the World Syndrome. Those who suffer from this he labels as COWS.
He terms the solutions offered as: Tipping the Cows.
John Mayer on:
The Universal sign of friendship: Does this really mean anything
anymore? When someone flips you off, do we really care?
Tipping the Cow:…Blow fellow motorists a “kiss”
when they salute you with that harmless finger…try it…you’ll get a bigger
Conversation: Do ‘please’
and ‘thank you’ just not exist anymore? I don’t know where they went, but,
poof! they disappeared right out of the English
language. if you want to visit them they reside in
dictionaries like sitting in a museum.
Tipping the Cow: We have to stop responding to people
who don’t request things from us in a civil manner.
Parenting:… parents (who) place their needs and expectations before
the children’s. They are Cow parents. why don’t
children do things the way we want them to do them? Because they are
children!… they are not finished products by
Mental Health Professionals:
The Mental Health Field is a big, ripe grazing pasture for Cows.
Parenting: it is
absolutely uncivilized behavior of a society to allow such large numbers of
youth to use drugs… How do we not allow our kids to drink and drug? we
talk to them, we control them, model for them, mentor them and we punish (Ooops! not supposed to say that word, punish, now-a-days.)
them for unacceptable behavior…talk to your kids…don’t let drugs be an
unmentionable secret around the house--we need to let them know what dire consequences
we will inflict upon them if they use drugs or drink.