posted on Aug, 3 2016 @ 09:42 PM
I'll say right off the bat that I have a 50% chance of explaining myself properly so I encourage anyone who may read this to correct me so that it
might help me either change my opinion or better explain my position.
My difficulty in approaching this topic is that I fully understand that "the system" is essentially rigged against the little guy. The "little
guy" may be a person that is born into a financially poor family, a small hardware store owner who operates in a town where a big box store opens or
any other underdog type person.
That being said (and perhaps despite that), I truly believe that what you WANT to find in the United States you WILL find.
If you seek out a nation that is just oozing with racism, I promise you that you'll find it. If you hold open the door for someone of another race
and they just walk past you without saying "Thanks" or even looking at you, if you are looking for racism you will blame racism. If you're at a
diner and your waiter or waitress is someone that is a different color than you and your order comes out wrong, if you are looking for racism you will
blame racism. If someone cuts you off on the road and the other driver is of another race, if you are looking for racism you will blame racism.
On the other hand, if you think this nation has come a LONG way in the race-relations department you will find something entirely different. If you
don't ignore the people of a race other than your own that hold the door open for you, that don't mess up your order and flash their high-beams to
let you make your turn first... you will see that we are all essentially Americans that are trying to treat each other nicely.
Land of Opportunity:
If you seek out a nation that literally makes it impossible to improve your lot in life (especially if you start out poor), I promise you that you'll
find it. If you convince yourself that the only way to get ahead in this world is to compromise yourself and your ethics, I promise you that you will
find a way to not succeed. If you think that, while starting off at the bottom of the ladder, all of your hard work and dedication will go unnoticed
and that your superiors won't appreciate and acknowledge your efforts, you will find a way to make that happen.
On the other hand, if you honestly and sincerely believe that you have a future and have a solid work ethic and are willing to make some short term
sacrifices, you will have a more-than-decent-chance of succeeding. If you believe that all of your hard work and dedication is helping the company or
agency you are working for will lead to something bigger, your chances of success are tremendously increased. I know some people might say I'm full
of it because they have worked hard and haven't received their perceived (or justified) rewards from their current employers... but then it's time
to take those learned skills elsewhere. Even in that situation I maintain that if a person has worked to gain skills and they believe and understand
those skills have value, they can move up that ladder one rung at a time.
There are other issues I wanted to address under this umbrella but I'll leave it at this for now. Regardless of whether or not I was able to (even
partially) describe my thoughts and sentiments... I truly believe that as screwed up as we are here in the United States.... What you seek, you will
most definitely find.