Look around and you will see
what's the matter with you and me:
Times we spend in wasted endeavor,
and daydreams that seem to last forever.
Think what would happen,
if with fingers snappin',
we put our efforts into making things work,
and tackled life's problems and didn't shirk
our share of the load, our share of the blame,
for children sick, for adults the same,
for wars and greed and all we could tame.
Sure we can't be everywhere and do everything,
but wasted time used could lessen the sting
of "too little," "too few, "too proud," and such.
Then "made smaller" problems wouldn't matter so much.
Are we too relaxed and entertained for our own good?
It has always been true that some of us do more than our share, and some do far less.
Today we seem far more concerned about personal pleasure and selfish satisfaction, than we are with our role in human progress.
It has been written that we will always have the poor with us; little is said about the rich among us.
Oh, yes, there has been the political chatter about "the 1%." They are worth a close look to see, if they are doing their share, and many do.
But they aren't going to solve all the world's problems. The 99% must. We have the numbers, and 99% of the muscles and the brains.
We control the economies of nations, for if we didn't shop and spend, economies would grind to a halt.
If we didn't buy the tickets that make some of the rich richer, there would be more money to spend on making a difference.
Life is meant to be fun, but surely there is no fun in seeing families homeless, children starving, armies massing, bombs bursting, refugees fleeing, and dictators dictating.
For a too brief moment in "The Arab Spring" we saw what ordinary people can do when they think and move and act. Societies prepared to change, dictators fell, hope ascended.
That everything did not get instantly better is not so much the point as that it could have improved.
There are strong leaders, good leaders, weak leaders, and bad leaders, but none of them lead without followers.
Rather than enjoying soon-to-be-forgotten entertainment, mindless TV, win and lose sports, and the other foolishness of the day, let's invest some mind and muscle to choose, follow, and support some strong, righteous leaders who can get problems solved and make us all happier from the poorest among us to the richest.
We are all shareholders in tomorrow's future.
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.