Friday, January 22, 2016

A Great Nation in Distress!

AND SO THE DAY BEGINS.
WHAT OF THE EVERYDAY GRIND THAT FORCES US TO GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING? IS IT THE IDEA THAT WE WILL LEAVE OUR HOMES AND MEET WONDERFUL PEOPLE OR HAVE EXCITING EXPERIENCES? WHAT A LIFE IF THIS WERE TRUE!
IN GENERAL THIS MAY NOT BE THE RULE BUT PROVES TO BE THE EXCEPTION. THIS IS NOT A NEGATIVE COMMENT, JUST MY OBSERVATION. WE ONLY NEED TO TURN ON THE TELEVISION AND WATCH THE NEWS TO SEE THE CRUEL REALITY. YET WE GET OUT OF BED HOPING FOR SOMETHING BETTER. PRAYING IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. I LEAVE THE COMFORT OF MY HOME DAILY HOPING TO HAVE AN EXPERIENCE THAT MOVES ME TO CHANGE MY VIEW OF THE WORLD.
I AM HOPEFUL BECAUSE I SEE THE LITTLE THINGS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. SOME PERSEVERE BY SETTING ASIDE THEIR OWN GRIEF TO ASSIST SOMEONE ELSE IN THEIR PAIN. I SEE THE LITTLE PERSON GIVING MUCH TO MANY WHILE THEY GO HOME TO LITTLE. THESE ARE THE GREAT PEOPLE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T GET RECOGNITION OR CREDIT FOR WHAT THEY DO. THEY DON'T WANT CREDIT. THEY WANT CHANGE.
THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATED MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY. HE WAS A MAN OF PEACE, WHO DESIRED CHANGE. HE USED HIS WORDS TO CAUSE THAT CHANGE. HIS MESSAGE WAS LOVE. YET ALL THAT HE STRIVED FOR IS CRUMBLING BEFORE US AS OUR POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA RENEW DISSENTION AMONG OUR PEOPLE.
FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY AMONG THIS NATION, YET NOW THEY WANT EVERYONE TO BE ALIKE. YOU SHOULD HAVE THE SAME HOMES, MAKE THE SAME WAGE, HAVE THE SAME INSURANCE, AND IDEALLY THINK AND ACT THE SAME; HAVE THE SAME IDEALS. WE CAN’T BE A DIVERSE NATION IF WE ALL HAVE TO BE THE SAME. THINK ABOUT IT. THERE WOULD BE NOTING TO TALK ABOUT!
WITH DIVERSITY COMES A MULTITUDE OF THINGS, TOLERANCE BEING ONE OF THEM. I BELIEVE THAT THE DEFINITION OF TOLERANCE HAS BEEN LOST. TOLERANCE IS DEFINED AS THE WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT FEELINGS, HABITS, OR BELIEFS THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN.
FOR YEARS WE AS A NATION HAVE BEEN WELL ON OUR WAY TO LIVING THIS DEFINITION. SOMEHOW AT SOME POINT WITHIN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS WE SEEM TO HAVE REVERSED COURSE. THERE IS MORE DISSENTION IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY THAN THERE WAS TEN YEARS AGO. AND IT IS NOT JUST IN WORDS!
WE HAVE BECOME A NATION OF TOLERANCE IN A DIFFERENT WAY. WE ARE SO TOLERANT OF CRIME IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WE ARE QUICKLY BECOMING A COUNTRY OF ANARCHY! WE CAN’T DISCIPLINE, WE CAN’T PUNISH WE CAN’T EVEN CORRECT BECAUSE WE MAY HURT ANOTHER’S FEELINGS. WHAT ABOUT MY FEELINGS, OR MY NEIGHBOR’S FEELINGS? OUR CONSTITUTION IS NOT LICENSE TO DISRESPECT EACH OTHER.
OUR CONSTITUTION DEFINES US AS A FREE NATION TO PURSUE HAPPINESS, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS! IT IS SUMMARIZED IN THE PREAMBLE:
“WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENCE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” (SPELLING COMES FROM THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION).
WE USED TO BE A GREAT NATION! YES WE HAD OUR PROBLEMS, ALL COUNTRIES DO. WE HOWEVER WERE THE EXAMPLE THAT ALL ASPIRED TO BE. WE HAD FREEDOM AND WEALTH AND SECURITY. OF COURSE THERE WAS STILL WORK TO BE DONE, BUT WE WERE DOING IT. MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS DOING IT. I BELIEVE HE WOULD BE VERY DISAPPOINTED TODAY. NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TREATED BADLY, BUT BECAUSE OF THE SOLUTION THE PEOPLE HAVE REDUCED THEMSELVES TO.
AS A NATION WE NEED TO BRING BACK THE SIMPLE MORAL VALUES. OUR BILL OF RIGHTS IS MODELED AFTER THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR A REASON. THESE COMMANDMENTS ARE MORAL NOT RELIGIOUS. THEY ARE TESTAMENT TO THE FACT THAT OUR FOREFATHERS BELIEVED THAT THOUGH RELIGION SHOULD NOT DRIVE OUR NATIONS RULE, IT SHOULD BE A FOUNDATION TO A MORAL SOCIETY AND A COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS THE PEOPLE TO CAUSE CHANGE, NOT THE ELECTED OFFICIALS.
WE LIVE IN A TIME OF GREAT LEARNING. EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY HAS ACCESS TO EDUCATION EVEN BASIC EDUCATION. IT IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL TO EMBRACE AND GROW THROUGH THAT EDUCATION. THERE IS NOT A PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY THAT CAN DENY THAT.
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE DEBATE OVER WHO HAS THE BETTER OPPORTUNITY. I BELIEVE THAT OPPORTUNITY IS DRIVEN BY DESIRE. THERE ARE MANY GREAT PEOPLE THAT HAVE PULLED THEMSELVES UP BY THE BOOTSTRAPS OUT OF DESIRE AND BECOME GREAT EXAMPLES.  SEARCH OUT THOSE PEOPLE, LEARN FROM THEM AND WE WILL BE A GREAT NATION AGAIN!


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