posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 07:30 AM
While I understand where you are comming from and agree overall with your thoughts, I don't think the "rabblement" as you call it, is so static and
stereotypical. I think even amongst the rabble you will find growth and change. They may be uncertain or resistant to a large degree, but little
changes are occurring, and they are occurring constantly.
I too, get frustrated when I feel like the wheel of progress is not turning fast enough, and sometimes I wonder if we as humans are ever really
growing, but then little things happen and I do see the change, it is not as fast as I would like, but it is occurring.
I just had a conversation with a friend of mine, we were discussing race and how for younger people, even here in the land of Dixie, race is not as
important as it was 20 years ago. Most of the racism is the older folks and the young ones do have racial hang ups but not half as bad as the 60+
group. That gives me a bit of hope.
I also see change in how people view the environment. People seem more aware of the environment and they are not as resistant to recycling for
example. 20 years ago, people had no concept of recycling, but now even my 60+ neighbors put their little green bins out recycling day, that shows me
even older people like the idea of cutting down on landfill waste. That gives me hope as well.
Also, in today's economic downturn, migration is surging. People that live in those tiny towns are picking up and moving to wherever the work is.
They are no longer staying in one town their whole lives. They are moving and being exposed to new areas, often with different cultural groups. We
have a huge influx of immigrants, both legal and illegal. 20 years ago people where I come from never saw Indians from India, or Chinese or Mexicans.
Now, little redneck kids are sitting in school with little Russian and el salvadorian kids and there is still that "fear" of the "other" but
slowly, with more and more exposure kids are growing up more open minded, tolerant and accepting. It is so slow, but I have hope.....mostly because
hope IS all I have left.
And I think there is nothing wrong with holding on to some traditions. Traditions foster a sense of community, keep the traditions that are beneficial
to the community, let go of the ones that hold the community back. We can learn a lot from each other, we just have to be open to learning new
things. The people that are not willing to change are the people left behind, because like you said.....change is happening and it is up to us to
change for the better.