Originally posted by amazing
Originally posted by ETONE
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.
Why don't more people get this simpler truth?
To me, it seems more people don't get this because of the particularity of our American culture-
The extreme focus upon individuality.
It makes me think that anything is good in moderation, but when you go too far with it, it becomes self destructive.
Maybe I'm wrong. But I remember seeing a documentary on the Cold War era once, and a woman speaking about the efforts by the school system and the
federal government to instill a strong individualist value system in the american people. Messages were broadcast in all forms, to all ages. This was
an attempt at keep away the threat of Communism.
Soon they realized it had had the negative effect of destroying the fibers of our own collective society, and our nation began to splinter and fall
apart, and lose strength. But is was too late, the values had been set deep into the next generation (the Boomer, "Me" generation).
Then as the Culture War in the 80's hit, it became evident we had to find a way to pull our people back together. War and focus on a common enemy is
often an effective uniter of people, so that was what we tried. It has been temporarily successful. But the next generation, as they come into the age
of their power, just didn't have a trust in others instilled in them at all, and there isn't much hope we can keep it together- even if we would like
I suspect that it will take our children to bring our people back together- perhaps in twenty years? They are much more community-minded, and can even
feel comfortable with bonds and inter-dependancies over large distances; But who knows what will have happened by then.
I guess my thinking this morning sounds like it culminates in a pretty negative view, but it doesn't feel so to me, as I see it as a phase of our
history that will, one day, pass.
edit on 14-6-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)