Monday, October 8, 2012

I Still Have Faith in Us!

Without bringing to mind too much of Anne Frank, I needed to get a new post out.  It's been a while and I'm sure everyone understands that inspiration for writing comes from different sources.

In my case, I'm what I have termed, an ADHD-writer.  I have so many thoughts and inspirations, and gatherings from news, people, twitter, et al, that I have a hard time picking just ONE topic on which to write.  I'm sure someone out there gets that.  Just me? Yeah, thought so. So to continue...

I have been swinging between finally doing a Political/Religious post but realized that, even though I have no fears of alienating anyone, there's a deeper commonality onto which I stumbled.  It happened in those late night hours right before you fall asleep and you want to get up and write it down because you KNOW you won't remember any of it in the morning.  Well, guess what?  I actually did!  Put THAT in the record books!

There is no shame and should be no fear in expressing yourself or your ideals.  I'm quite happy about one of my choices, in fact.  I could speak all day on the subject as I've been on fire with it and reading and studying since 2000.  The other, I could debate until the cows come home, as the older folks say.  What would be the point in doing so, though?  I save my energy by picking my battles, carefully.

Therefore, I decided to look past the left and the right and see just the people.  That's all.  Humans.

If one takes the time to observe it, we have more in common than in differences.  Generally speaking, for example, no one wants to see their family injured, in need, or split.  We all desire basic needs to be met, health, safety, peace, and, dare I say, prosperity, for ourselves and our children.  No one wants to see or experience arguments and hatred in themselves or others.  If this is all true, why does a problem exist in America and in the World?  Why are there wars, drugs and human trafficking, child labor, murder, rape, white-collar crimes, and drive-by killings and more? 

We have been desensitized to any event that does not directly affect us.  There.  I said it.  If it's not in our house, on our job, at our kid's school, or at church, we dismiss it.  We have taken the attitude, as well, of what is in it for me? Not for US but for ME.  That's the silent chant I continously hear at Town Hall Meetings, Pep Rallies and ads presented by political candidates.  While it usually is a voting situation of pick your favorite crook for office, instead of who is going to be compassionate and effective in the office, I believe, still, that we are better than the people we elect.

Against Big Government?  NEWSFLASH! We, the people, ARE the government!

I believe that if we prepare and educate our children, they will learn, be curious, and pick up skills and knowledge that will build this country and the world on every level.  I believe that if we sit down with teenagers and show them right from wrong, manners and respect, how to eat properly and talk to others, and how to present themselves with dignity, many problems that exist, would decrease. 

I believe that if we didn't allow ourselves and children to be influenced by 'reality' shows, we'd all have LIVES.  We'd have a true focus on ourselves and what IS real and true.  We would have self-respect that doesn't push us to keep someone under our heel to make another feel bad and, thus, ourselves, superior.

There's a simple lesson for us all to follow from St. Paul.  Wanna hear it?  Here it goes: 

1 Timothy 5:1-2  Never censure an older man, but appeal to him as to a father.  You should treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers , and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Simple? That's just common sense through some general advice that could change the world if kept in mind in our daily interactions. 

I believe there can be love shown to every stranger I meet in a store, street, or office.  It is the kind of love that, is said, when one no longers sees me but Jesus.  One might think I'm odd because sometimes I'm overwhelmed with love for us stupid people down here on Earth.  My own humility urges me to see that we are not and will never be as smart as Him.  We MUST get over ourselves! Sheesh!

I believe that the only real issue that separates the reasonable, sane people of our nations is the dirt we are standing on and the water that separates us.  We speak the same language, otherwise.  I still have Faith in us.  Ever the optimist, I think I always will.

Thanks for taking time to read this.