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The Collective Mind Of America

Updated on May 14, 2009





What we think, we do.  What we do, we are.  What will be, will be.  Is this true?

When we decide to elect a president, members of congress/senate, or any other national office holder we are exercising, in part, our ‘collective’ mind.  It is my opinion that when we venture into this mode of responsibility the interest of the country is primary.  Our uppermost problem is how do we exercise this responsibility without diluting it and making it counterproductive?

It is my opinion that when we cease upon an issue and bring it to bear on the conscience of the country it should be for the benefit of ‘all’ of its citizens.  What’s good for some may not be good for all, and what’s good for all may not be acceptable for some.  How do we reconcile this when it seems that we live in a society that ‘feed those that cry the loudest’?  Should we cry louder or, try to silence those that do?  I personally believe we should do neither.  A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.

First, we have to get our own mind together.  We have to know what we believe and why we believe it.  We have to be able to defend what we believe and not be shaken.  Far too often we stand on the beliefs of someone else and have no personal position.  We thrust our way into the debate of public opinion and dilute the process.  When someone is effectively carrying the banner of our cause we should give them our support, and do nothing to dilute the process.

Politics, religion and, business are the loudest voices in America.  To some they are interchangeable; to others they are far apart.  Nevertheless, all three are part of our national conscience.

I think at this point I should say I am a committed, sold out Christian, and cannot be moved.  I know what I believe, why I believe it and, am prepared to defend it vigorously.  With that said, I must also mention that I don’t believe I have a right to impose my faith on others against their will, nor should I try to impress it upon the ‘collective mind’ process.  The United States of America is a country of diverse faiths, and respecting that is one of the first steps in being an asset to the ‘collective mind’ process.  I will never allow the conscience of America to change my faith, nor am I foolish enough to believe all of America will convert and embrace Christianity.  There are, however, things we can collectively agree on that are good for the country and its citizens.  Things such as education, job creation, public works, health care, national security, etc,

As Americans we must know that having a ‘my way, or the highway’ mentality is counterproductive.  Those that push that kind of mantra are destroying the very fabric of our society.  There are those that may not think like me that have valuable contributions to make to our country.  There are some who don’t look like me that bring a wonderful hue to the complexion of our great nation.

After all, the collective mind of America is not pondering going to heaven.  We as a nation is concerned with going to the doctor of our choice, sending our children to college, having a job to provide for our families, crime in our neighborhoods, sending our sons and daughters off to war.  These are the things that our collective mind is engaged in, and that we can and should be able to agree on.


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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Very well said Abrushing1968, thank you for your contribution to this hub.

      God Bless You

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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida


      Common ground is the birth place of consensus. From there, accomplishment which leads to progress.

      God Bless


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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you James, and of course you are right. Finding common ground would be an appropriate first start.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Yes, nicely done. It would be nice to lower the tone of the rhetoric on all sides.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Ralph Deeds. I appreciate your gracious comment.

      God Bless,

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good thoughts!