Sunday Morning Thoughts

I was sitting here thinking random thoughts this morning, when it occurred to me what a very strange people we are in so many ways.

We claim to be a “Christian” country, yet only between 20% and 40% (depending where you look) of our people attend church regularly.

We put a admitted sexual predator, con-man, liar, and narcissist into the highest office in our land, but we do not want “them feroners” in our country, much less our neighborhood. What is even more sad is that some of the most fervent objectors claim to be some of those “good Christians”. This is not to be taken as a slam against any church or those are truly are good Christians. This is just something I see as an anomaly.

For over a century of our history, this country has had a disproportionate distribution of wealth. It strikes me that this seems to indicate that the basis of our economy is slanted towards money making money and the working man just getting by. Sometimes for a Democratic Republic, we don’t seem terribly democratic.

We say we want better education and social services (taking care of the poor and the old)  in our system, yet the first places costs are cut by governments seem to be in education and social services.

Does discussion still exist? Seems to me far too often it declines into rancor. Can people disagree and yet get along?

Our society expects our women to have perfect bodies (as defined by that infamous “they” I think), and paint their faces to please men. Yet, we fear or hate people whose skin is naturally “painted” a color different than ours. We applaud some for maintaining individuality and sticking to their “roots”, yet we will not tolerate differences in culture or beliefs in far too many.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” The Statue of Liberty     We’ve heard that before, haven’t we? Why can’t we seem to really listen to it, to truly hear it? We have this “we’re here now, let the rest be damned” attitude.

I remember when I was a kid and we played outside and ran around the neighborhood with the only real requirement being that we be home at a specific time. Were there no sexual predators then? Why were kids safe on the street then, but no longer are? Seems like a downhill slide to me.

And remember when we had to deal with our teachers, to listen and obey because they were figures of authority? Remember when mom and dad didn’t come running to our defense whenever we were criticized by figures in authority?

Some of you might well be wondering if I feel this way why don’t I just move to some other country? Let me tell you why – this IS my country, but I fear it has strayed far off the path our forefathers saw for us. I fear it now brings out the worst that is in us, not the best. I fear that we no longer care “what we can do for our country, not what our country can do for us”. I fear too many of our politicians have forgotten the original purpose of their existence, and have substituted that purpose with the accumulation of power and money – let the people be damned. I fear that, as a people, we too often accept words we hear from others without checking their basis in fact before we spout them forward as truth. We distrust the press and those we disagree with – do we bother to follow up to find the truth – the real truth, not someone’s version of it? I am well aware that we have to choose what sources to believe, but that can be done wisely and with thought.

I am well beyond the apex of my life, and I will not have to deal much longer with what we, mankind, have created of this world – but my grandchildren and their children will long outlive me, and they will have to deal with the mess we leave behind.

Our strangeness has taken us on the low path I believe. Can we find the higher path and get back on it?

 

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to Sunday Morning Thoughts

  1. dawnkinster says:

    I think there probably were predators back when you and I were growing up, but without social media maybe we just didn’t hear about them so much. Plus much of what we now know as sexual deviance might have been ignored back then. Not sure. I think the only way forward is to continue to raise the issues, continue to try to talk to others who are different from us, and to get out the vote!

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    I’m with you about the need to double check your sources of information. You ask: Does discussion still exist? I think it does, but has become more difficult because people don’t check their sources. How can you discuss any topic with anyone who can’t explain why they think/believe/feel the way they do? It boggles my mind, depresses my heart. Yet, here we are.

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  3. I am saddened, and frightened about our country’s future. Your comments are right on, I’m sorry to say.

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  4. Textricator says:

    “Some of you might well be wondering if I feel this way why don’t I just move to some other country? ”
    Because almost every country is the same Carol. Sad world.

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  5. I echo that last comment. You could be talking about my country too.

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  6. rickyracer42 says:

    Amen! Very good thoughts!! 💕
    Thanks for sharing!!
    In Him
    Lisa!!

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  7. Laura says:

    I don’t know what your beliefs are for what happens once you no longer have to deal with the insanity here — I’m fascinated by the idea that I might gain an unimaginable understanding of the world as a whole. I have strong opinions but don’t delude myself into thinking I have ALL the information. I’m starting to wonder if that’s even possible anymore. Great post, Carol. Lots to think about here.

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  8. Lisa says:

    Billy Sunday said, sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car. It all depends on your definition of what being a Christian really means. I believe most people just want to be *spiritual* instead of submit themselves to a higher authority. I’m not going to fault those who have worked hard to amass wealth, whether it be through education, skill or investment. Kudos to them for making the most of their opportunities. It’s what one does with their wealth that is telling of their character. You want the “rich” to pay more? Then, get rid of the tax loopholes that allow the sheltering of wealth. I find it very odd that many of our nation’s millionaires are current and former politicians…and most likely taking advantage of every tax loophole available. I love the inscription on Lady Liberty but agree there needs to be a process for legal immigration, and not risk our safety with fully open borders. Terrorists bent on destroying our republic (whether foreign or domestic) are a reality and we’d be foolish to think otherwise. There are no countries that have fully open borders that allow anyone and everyone to come and go at will. This is common sense in today’s world. Yes, our education system needs work to create productive citizens that can compete in industry. And we, as a nation, should help those who really need social services. Waste and fraud are rampant in both arenas and needs to be cleaned up. The sad truth is we’ve become a nation that cannot have civil discourse without calling the *other side* some nasty name when they disagree with what we think is right. Many people are content to be spoon-fed on what they *should* think by the media, and rarely go the extra mile to research issues on their own. That would take sooooo much time and effort. So, we live on sound bytes and believe the narratives that are spun to appeal to our emotions. There is a high road, but it’s not one most people want to take because it’s a hard path with lots of expectations. So…this ends my mini blog post! I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying fall weather before that white stuff begins to fall from the sky. xoxo

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