Iblis, you are right that I speak in a somewhat old style, my word phrases sounding out of place in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. And
there is no need for apology. You have surely seen that I can weather worse.
I am unsure how I could ask more forthrightly (see, I can't help myself) for people to look for ways to solve our image problem. And to exhort them
to remember that humans generally judge on past behavior, and not on tomorrows promise.
If just those who have read this thread would actively seek to participate in e-mailing, joining reform groups, whatever, it would be a start in the
right direction. And each person they influenced could do the same.
But it is not easy to see that each of us has a duty to find that which we can improve, and then work at making a change. We've become a nation of
observers. Our weekends are too sacred to waste on our nation's future, our dollar to precious to forgo work for a day of protesting. But this is our
children's destiny that we are allowing to slide away.
I fear the day will come when some of us look back and regret that we failed to do more.
I speak here to stir men's souls to seek a better life, to salvage the decency that is our national dowry. The internet gives each of us a greater
reach with ideas than ever before in history. And it saddens me that the number one talked about subject in the cyberspace is Paris Hilton. (PC
Surely out of so many bright people ideas could emerge to implement constructive change to our way of life. Surely we should see that if we want to
become in fact, the 'good guys' we desire to be seen as, we must do something to make that a reality.
There is a long conspiracy afoot to divide and alienate us one from the other. This benefits those with power and wealth. And it is all the more
insidious because it requires no planning, no major secrets, no cloak and dagger. All that is needed is to keep us in bondage is words.
Words that are whispered over the ether that there is nothing we can do to change the world, that we are so well off it could not be better, that our
leadership is more intelligent than the masses. We are brainwashed from cradle to grave.
We hired those people to do a job, and when they fail we need to fire them, with penalties for poor performance. No excuses. They said they were the
best men/women for the job, and if the will of the people is not served, they are not doing that job.
There is no other group of workers on the planet that can give themselves a pay raise while the company goes bankrupt. No other job where at least
some measure of performance is not reflected in job security. No other job that requires so little integrity.
We need sweeping changes. We need fresh ideas. And we need people willing to put forth the effort to make those new ideas reality. JFK said it best,
though modern politicians have twisted it to mean "let me line my pockets", when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you
can do for your country."
We can do a lot if we only try.