A solemn post deserves solemn consideration.
I share some flaws that are common in us all, but perhaps not some of you. I see and expect that which has been to continue to be. Not that I don't
welcome change and variety, which can certainly be the 'spice of life'. Not that I expect life won't have it's varying degrees of ups and
But as I have grown in years, I have watched certain things evaporate from what I had grown to consider my country, my community, and the rest of that
which makes up the experience of being an American. Even more deeply, even that which I considered the 'human condition' has changed.
What makes the changes I perceive so demoralizing is that it takes a double form in the manner of materializing.
The first is the inevitable comparison to 'how things were when I was younger.'
Many are familiar with the chain-mail in your in-box recalling the days when children could go out unsupervised until all hours, people never needed
to lock their doors, etc. Of course, they fail to mention that those were also the days of nuclear bomb drills in school, and people believing that
cigarettes and liquor were OK for pregnant women. So in the end, the first can be tolerated.
The second is the realization that things were never quite what you, and nearly everyone you ever knew, were taught, or led to believe. In me, that
may be a source of my own cynicism, because I was naively inclined to anticipate honor and good-will from strangers; it led to many unpleasant
I have experienced the rise from poverty, comfortable financial self-sufficiency, and the unpleasant free-fall back into the 'living to survive'
situation I am in now.
I don't attribute politics to the development. I suspect that in the final analysis, it can only be up to me to have avoided this situation. But
this is small consolation.
I suspect that one possible avenue to surviving 'emotionally or spiritually' is to not care. To simply refuse to accept the meme of social order
assigning value to wealth.
I have often criticized the mentality of those who simply will not stop at "making a living..." they compel themselves to the necessity of "making
a killing." In a world of finite (albeit virtual) wealth - the logic is inescapable, for some to be inordinately rich, others must necessarily be
In our country we have a fulcrum against the danger of injustice; redress to the government, representation, and personal sovereignty. Each seems
slowly to be 'forgotten' or marginalized out of our reality. This bitter disenfranchisement is not irreparable, but those empowered to change it
will not recognize it, or only use the strife to evoke loyalty in ideals which rather than uniting, divide us.
Our children are not being taught civics any longer. They are being taught loyalty for a 'greater good'. Sadly, they are eager to comply, not
knowing that in politics 'the greater good' is subject to the winds of back-room negotiations based on anything but morals.
One truth however is that there are still a significant number of human beings out there. The humans don't see every stranger as a potential mark
for some degree of self-satisfaction, as a result they are inclined to actually consider other people as worthy of respect, simply because they are
people. Some are witnesses. you could emulate their life and be happy. Others are healers, they listen because they enjoy happiness in others. In
fact, there are many varieties of humans out there. They are not picky about their 'station' but understand its burning relevance to those who live
for a 'construct.'
I must confess, as I sit here listening to the "bombs bursting in air" and catching glimpses of "the rockets' red glare" I can't help but wonder
at how differently each person experiences the 4th of July. As a younger man I was moved with patriotic pride; as of late there seems to be a hint of
Shucks.... I'm rambling.
[edit on 4-7-2010 by Maxmars]