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You Have To Stand For Something or You'll Fall For Anything

Updated on December 29, 2014

Initial Thoughts

I was going to begin this article by saying that I envy those who have it made and don’t have a care in the world. Imagine waking up in the morning, your bills paid, your needs taken care of, and money for possessions when you so desire. Imagine going out with friends, going on vacations, buying the latest in clothing, and finding that life is truly your own personal playground.

I know a few people like that, and in all honesty the thing that bothers me the most is their lack of awareness about life around them. They don’t care about the environment. They don’t care about the homeless or the shameful way that Veterans are treated. They don’t care if another animal is added to the extinction list and they don’t care if more people have been added to the unemployment statistics.

They are into self-gratification, and as long as their lives are going according to plan then all is right in their world.

Come to think of it, I don’t envy them at all.

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The Problems Continue

Take millions of middle aged, hard-working people, and watch them as the economic stranglehold tightens its grip around their necks. They need to blame someone because quite frankly, the thought that this is all somehow their fault is unacceptable.

They complain about the cost of living. They complain about having to step around those ragged beggars on the street. They complain about the unfairness of life, and they look to someone for answers. In the absence of a voice of reason they will listen to anyone who can tell them that they have done nothing wrong and it is all the fault of those people over there.

They have seen their little slice of heaven shrink and in fact begin to resemble a slice of hell, and by God there must be someone out there who is at fault. It must be the blacks, or the illegal immigrants. It must be the unwed mothers draining the Social Services, or it must be the corporations who take their hard-earned dollars and sink them into off-shore accounts in the Bahamas.

Hell, the politicians are to blame, right? Those fat cats sitting in their lush D.C. offices, living off of tax breaks and taking handouts from the special interest groups; they must be to blame, and if we can only elect some public servants who will actually serve the public, everything will be alright.

Then the hopelessness sets in, and the bills continue to rise, and the incomes lose their buying power, and the blame game continues, and not once….not once, do those well-meaning people look in a mirror for the answer.

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You Have to Stand for Something

This writer has been writing for a writing community called HubPages for a little over a year now, and it has been a valuable experience for sure. I have had the opportunity to read the works of some very talented writers, but they are also human beings with viewpoints that shine through in their writings.

With over a quarter of a million writers on HubPages, there are obviously those who share my political viewpoints, but there are also those who do not. I have read works that are the exact opposite of my belief systems. Conservatives are out there, as are people who are so far right of the political spectrum as to appear to be aliens to me and my way of thinking. There are those who decry the money spent on Social Services, and there are those who believe in guns and the evils of anyone who would speak out against our government.

They at times make my skin crawl with their rantings, and at times I have wondered how they could possibly believe in the things that they believe in and still consider themselves to be compassionate human beings.

But……

Despite the fact that some of their beliefs leave me shaking my head in frustration, they at least believe in something, and I respect them for that. You see, those of us who live in the United States believe in freedom of speech, and my task, as a citizen of this country, is to accept the fact that there will always be those who do not agree with me. It is the price we pay for living in this country, and it is a price worth paying for in blood, sweat, and tears.

The people I cannot respect, no matter how hard I try, are those who could care less about the problems in the world today. Their lives are fine; no need to get upset over the economy, or lack of human rights, or the loss of freedoms. Why rock the boat and upset their own perfect little worlds? All of those problems are the problems of someone else and they don’t affect those living in Shangrila.

They have constructed their own little fortresses, and they wall out the mundane problems of others, and life is just one party after another.

The other group of people I cannot abide with are the ones who are only interested in blaming others. They are seemingly incapable of working towards a solution; their whole gig is to find someone who is guilty, and they spend many a waking hour complaining and doing nothing.

A simple question: Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?

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These Are Serious Times

You see, we are all connected. If you live in the United States, you would do well to take a look at the name of your country. It begins with the word ‘united’, and that implies….that insists….that we share in the problems and we share in the solutions.

Not since the Great Depression has this country struggled as it does today, and it is a struggle that must be faced by each of us, and that requires that we all find a way to work together. Each one of us must be a part of a solution, or we will all fall as victims of the problems.

Why is this so difficult to understand? Whatever happened to the fine art of compromise in this country? Why does it have to be your way or the highway? Why can’t we all sit down and find a middle ground that will begin to solve some of our societal ills?

The problems in the world today are not the fault of the Liberals, nor are they the fault of the Conservatives. They are not the fault of the blacks, whites, Asians or Hispanics. They are not the fault of the unemployed, the unmarried, the unwashed or the uneducated.

No, my friends, the problems in the world today are the result of millions of people, like you and I, allowing them to happen while we stood and watched.

The problems in the world today will only be solved by you and I. It begins with us. The finger pointing and the blaming have solved nothing. Now it is time for serious-minded, informed and committed people to stand up and believe in the common good, and then act on that belief.

Give me a Conservative who is willing to solve rather than blame and I’ll sit and chat with them any old day. Show me a corporate executive who is interested in improving the economy and I will sit and break bread with them.

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Show Me Solutions

Yes, the time for the end of the blame game has come. Stand up, believe in something of importance, and then work towards a solution. We have far too many citizens who have wasted far too much time pointing fingers. Look in the mirror and point in that direction if that is what you feel you need to do, and when the pointing is done get off of your butts and act like a citizen of this country.

The United States was not formed by people interested in blaming. It was founded by people who saw injustice and then acted against it. It was founded by doers and not amoebas interested only in taking for their own personal gain and comfort.

Stand up for something. Get involved and be informed.

In other words, take control of your own lives and quit blaming everyone else.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very good Bill..and so true.. I see many of my friends into a hedonistic lifestyle and claim they care, but don't...I mentioned to one person that the congress does not feel we we have a spending problem...She said, so what? Also that the unemployment is not really 8 percent but many have stopped trying to look for work...and the beat goes on. We all have to do our part no matter how small. Writing to congressmen,,though I am not sure about that. My sister was James Roosevelt's assistant and she answered all the letters that come in. Interesting???? We try to help people on a singular basis..Someone needs help and if we can, we do. We do live well but are totally aware of what is going on in our country. How much long it will survive as is..who knows. Great hub and you hit the topic.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Splendidly done, an honest look at the times today. There are so many problems and too many people either complaining without acting or just not caring enough to even find out about stuff. It blows me away when I mention something to someone about certain current controversies or other things that I think are just "in your face", but they have no clue about its existence. But I guess I understand- i have always worried about the world and knew things, but was just young and lazy and felt like I could never change anything, and then I became a mother, and I took that good long hard look in the mirror. I realized, he is the future, and even if I only impress upon him the importance of change, he could be a leader of tomorrow and bring with him the things I've made him aware of. I want him to know that even if he doesn't think his voice is heard, its important to just keep shouting. We can all learn that lesson from "Horton Hears a Who"... Great morning read Bill. Love your insights. Hoping u are warm in Washington.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Amen Bill!! Doers are exactly what we need. Instead folks sit around and wait on change. Far too many are doing this, so guess what, no change. It is time my Friend!! Awesome and voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carol! I really have no patience with those who do not get involved on some level. They have no reason to complain if they are not going to be a part of the solution, if even on an individual level. I appreciate your visit, as I always do.

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      Maria Ruiz 4 years ago

      Across and sharing. These are the words that keep us awake...trying to understand and feeling sad at the same time by some people. But we are encouraging with these articles and this I do know. It is just as you sai one at a time. A drop here and there will make a bucket full. Love these words Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, I'm not quite sure what they are waiting for. Wait long enough and all options are gone, and then what are they going to do? Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bizarrett.....it sounds to me like you are doing one hell of a job of raising that son of yours. Excellent job my young friend. I was raised to be aware; we talked about issues over the dinner table. The 60's were made for me..protesting, being a part of the movement....and change happened. Now...complacency and ignorance, and it disgusts me.

      Warm? Not bad actually; almost fifty today with light rain. Heck of a lot better than the eastern part of the U.S. Are you getting new snow?

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you so much! I'm just trying to keep people awake and caring. The apathy in this country needs to disappear or we are all in trouble.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A very serious issue you raised here Sir Bill...

      This thought process of not caring for what is around you, is a direct product of the Capitalist- Consumer environment.

      The limited circles into which the money flows is the major cause of this long term demise of human psychology... which has drifted away from the basics.. i.e humanity.

      We the more common mass... are unable to figure out.. or even catch a glimpse about the atrocious economic activities and pacts which occur between the super rich and the authorities...

      this RICH-AUTHORITY conundrum occurs at all levels of society... neighborhoods then streets, cities, states , and country-wise...

      Until and unless there will not be a substantial stop to this kind of occurrences ( hoarding, hedging, black marketing, duplication etc.) the money will not be distributed in the census with a balanced rate and the gap and hence the psychology will remain unattended....

      Useful article Sir Bill

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Ah the sixties, if only that spirit could exist today. too bad the newer generations are too busy keeping their eyes on their gadgets and sharing photos about bad things and saying "how sad" to actually band together and do something about it. They just don't care. As for ignorance? I saw a yahoo question the other day about "why haven't we walked on the sun yet, we've walked on the moon and mars? why not during the winter when its only like, 30 degrees?" I just wanted to slap this person and their parents and their teachers.... I mean, come on...

      It's not too bad over here either, sounds basically the same. Warmer and rainy. No new snow, the rain is turning into a slushy gray mess.

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      An old Baptist preacher once advised to look at your hand when you point your finger. You'll see that you have one finger pointing at the other fella and three aimed back at you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, the beginning of your article is something that Kevin and I talk about quite often, because we see so many around us who seem to have so much and yet act like it is no big deal. My thoughts on this are that they probably are living from paycheck to paycheck and paying the minimal on their credit cards, possibly amassing a ton of debt. Kind of seems crazy and could never live like this, but so many do this and don't think twice. I agree that we have to stand for something and do something now. We ourselves do our best for ourselves and for those around us. But I will be honest it isn't easy and sometimes we both get frustrated. Have of course voted and shared, too!!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes I feel people look down upon me because of my lack of finances. So many who have inherited their wealth or sold their soul for it. And then I catch my raggedy ass self looking down on the man laying on the sidewalk with cardboard for bedclothes. It is a daily battle against my self to get up and stand for something. Thanks for the hub and the poem to remind me to cry.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Very good hub Bill. I was reminded that when we are pointing 1 finger--3 are pointing back at our own being.

      Yes, lets work to find the solutions; the problems are quite evident.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Blamers drive me nuts. Whenever I find my thought processes going down that road, I slap myself. Literally. It's quite a sight.

      I think the blaming game is really at the root of social apathy. Self-pity makes you the center of your universe, so you deserve whatever good comes to you and everyone else can go **** themselves.

      Love,

      your favorite #2 (we're milking this joke for all it's worth)! :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you understand quite well the economic problems that we face. There is no easy fix for these problems, and I fear things are going to get worse for a great many people. There needs to be an awakening around the world....perhaps even a revolution or two.

      Thank you my young, wise friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bizarrett.....wh y haven't we walked on the sun yet? LOL That frightens me on so many levels.

      Thanks for the frightened laugh.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, there is no doubt about that...amazing how many people don't realize that simple truth.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, rarely is it easy doing the right thing. You are doing the right thing and in the long run that will pay dividends that no credit card could buy. Thank you for being who you are. You give me faith in the future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you are welcome, but I doubt you need much reminder. As I sit here I have five holes in my jeans. I can't afford new ones, and I look like some bum when I go out in public.....oh well. This is me and people can love me or leave me. I know I'm on the right path. :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Froggy, I was just looking at pictures of you and Maria on Facebook....you two look so happy and that makes me happy. Thank you my friend.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Haha you're welcome. I had the same frightened laugh when i read it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, we are, indeed, milking it. Hey, if you ever need someone to slap you, head out west. I'll be glad to help you out. LOL You are a doll, and I mean that in the nicest way. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Have a good day my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ownership and accountability: two of my favorite words. We like to throw them around yet still have trouble defining them! You had me at the title, Bill! United we stand!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Bill,

      Yes i agree time is now to make mends and stop blame game, if we believe that there is an end to every evil then society can be a good place to live in and all will be equal. Vote up.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Incredible work of writing, Bill. It is time we all looked in the mirror and asked ourselves "Are you satisfied with you? Are you satisfied with the way the country is? Is there anything you can do about it? If so do it!!"

      The time is now; we can afford to wait no longer. If we do, we will have crossed our own Rubicon, and have no ability to return. Thank you, sir for leading the way and continue to fight the good fight. We are with you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I'm going to keep pounding this idea out into the internet; maybe we can convert some people. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dwachira, good to see you my friend and yes, one evil at a time. It will take effort but I do believe we can change things. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, the journey is easier when there are people like you next to me. Let's see what happens; we'll never know if we don't try. Thank you my friend!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great writing and message Bill. As you know, I don't have two dimes to rub together, but I have awareness. Empathy has replaced cars, and houses, and "things."

      I would not trade it for anything, Mark

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub to make us all give ourselves that great big mental shake that we need from time to time.

      I vote up,across and share.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, show me empathy and I'll be your friend for life. :) True words my friend, although I wish we could find you two dimes at least. :) Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, this hub is not for you; you do more than your share, and you care perhaps too deeply at times, as do I.

      Thank you for being you.

      love,

      billy

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      Unique Hiram 4 years ago from Midwest

      Great, well-written Hub ... "The Blame Game" definitely needs to stop because all it creates is a journey going to nowhere - the same circle over and over. Thank you for sharing this message and your heart. Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Not a time to point fingers for sure. A time to act and act together. "He ain't heavy, he's my brother"....no matter who he is, he is our brother and this is our country. The time to act is now and as always Bill you fire us up to do what is right.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, UMHiram; very kind words and I appreciate them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm just getting warmed up. LOL Just trying to find my voice so I can reach as many as possible. I may never make money from writing but I'll have still made a difference. Thank you for your support in so many things.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Well stated, Bill. I agree becoming a part of the solution is the key and resolution just may be a tough row to hoe. Yet, like the 'Grapes of Wrath' shares, it can be done . . .

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      well said indeed, Bill.

      When we point a finger...we should remember that other fingers point at us. So, we ought to bring a change within us then then think of what others did.

      As Kennedy said...My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

      sharing it across!!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I also get tired of people saying things, but apparently not meaning them. I read an excellent article about a month ago (I'll have to find it), which says that you are what you DO. It doesn't matter if you say you're a good father or a hard worker. What are the RESULTS you are producing? It even went so far as to say that a mere "you're in my thoughts and prayers," is idle talk if you have the means and ability to go and sit, truly listen and try to help the person in need. We can only make a difference in the world if we act in a way so to do. Pointing fingers and wringing hands is as effective as rocking back and forth in a chair and wondering why you get nowhere.

      Thanks for another thoughtful article Bill. I'm always inspired when I visit your hubs!! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You've said it all Bill. I will punctuate with a hearty AMEN!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tim, it can be done, but man oh man, do we ever have our work cut out for us. :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, thank you! I don't think Kennedy's words would inspire today, and that saddens me a bit.

      Thank you for sharing my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, you raise some excellent points. I like the rocking chair simile, and you are right....are you walking the talk, or talking the walk. It makes a huge difference.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'll take an Amen any old day. Thanks my dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is so easy to blame others. That takes a load off our shoulders...pointing at someone else and making them own it. You know, when I taught children as a teacher one thing I told them when I had a parent conference was this.....I can be concerned, your parents can be concerned, but YOU need to OWN this problem. I think that is fundamental...you wrote of parenting in a hub a bit ago...teaching our young to own their issues is fundamental.

      Then we do not grow up with an attitude that someone else is to blame for whatever poor choice we make.

      And not giving a d*** grieves me to the core. To see that apathy, that lack of compassion, makes me sad but it also makes me angry. It takes a LOT to raise my ire but these two do it.

      thank you, Bill Holland, for addressing these so candidly Voted up++++and shared. :)

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely Bill. I look around and see so many of my generation who don't care or are just too busy with the rigors of life to take time to learn what's going on. It's frustrating but I continue to try to tell people and spread the word. I send letters to congressmen, senators, and the president. I try to let my voice be heard as much as possible as my free speech allows. I also try to listen. Listen to other opinions, whether it is backed up by facts or not.

      The other side of the coin is, if someone just argues with me to start an argument......and then won't listen to me, then that person to me is not worth me trying to share or listen to. I want honest conversations, not just conjecture and bold faced lies. Great hub as always and very thought provoking. Voting up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, a great comment, but in all honesty the first thing I noticed is the angels weren't coming my way. LOL Talk about being disappointed! :) I have very little patience with complainers, and less with people who won't do anything. They deserve what they are getting if they are not willing to be proactive.

      Hugs and blessings coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas, thank you for that comment. I have run into people like that on HP; they don't want to listen to what I have say, but rather just try to shout me down. That's not a conversation in my opinion but rather a shouting match that accomplishes nothing. I'm all for compromise but it has to be a two-way street.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I must read your mind, because I was thinking along these lines just this afternoon. I reminded myself that "The buck stops here." ie., It begins with me. I must be the change I want to see in the world, as Gandhi said. We, the people, must take the reins of government and behave like a democracy instead of a bunch of automatons who solely react as opposed to exerting our will. And as you so eloquently pointed out, we must work as a team__united.

      A wonderful hub, as ever, Bill! It flows exquisitely, and its clarity is stark. You're a brilliant writer, and a truly wonderful human being.

      By the way, your mention of amoebas reminded me of when I ran for student body office when I was in high school. One of my most notable posters stated, "Don't be a paramecium. Vote for Reba, the amoeba!" My mug shot was placed in the middle of the blob that represented the amoeba. Thought you might get a giggle from this silliness. :O)

      Blessings,

      Reba

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Growing up in the country was a great joy. Neighbors helped each other, if someone went hunting and got a deer, it was shared. Vegetables from the garden were shared, and women traded their homemade canned goods for the things that they didn't have with other neighbors. My next door neighbor was a lobsterman, and he shared the crabs that he couldn't sell. If we could all just do this, it would sure help.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      Right about the middle of this Hub... I was afraid you were going to say that you could no longer write on Hub pages... "They at times make my skin crawl with their rantings, and at times I have wondered how they could possibly believe in the things that they believe in and still consider themselves to be compassionate human beings." Then I got to the

      "But," Whew!

      It may sound trite but you have written a Hub about how I feel, how I act, what I believe... I felt like you were talking for me. We cannot be here on Earth for our whole lifetime, rich or poor or in between and Do nothing for anyone else. Just working your job, caring for your family, is Not enough. At least, use your computer to hound your legislators, to support causes you believe in, to sign petitions... write Hubs... but it would be much better if additionally ...you actually Did something constructive for someone else... give of your time and your money should you have any... Think of the future.

      We have to speak out, stand out, act out BUT most of all we have to Act.

      Bill, this was the best yet. Voted up and sharing and if you don't mind I'm going to print it out and hand it to a few people I know ...that you described so well in this Hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, I almost snorted I was laughing so hard. Way too funny. Did you win? I would hope so after that brilliant campaign. :)

      Thank you dear lady; great minds think alike, or so we hope. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it sure couldn't hurt to return to that kind of thinking. Thanks for that comment. I didn't grow up in the country but our neighborhood was like that and I loved it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HL, feel free to print it out if you feel there are some who would benefit. LOL Like that's not a possibility. I don't know my friend; life is so short, and why in the world wouldn't you want to squeeze every drop out of it, doing good, being the instrument of change, and making a difference? I simply do not understand some people.

      Thank you for your kind words. Hopefully this hub will do some good in some way.

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am drawn back to this hub, time and again. We are not privileged, we are duty bound.

      Standing for something gives amazing new beginnings and hope to any life.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It would be so much easier to look the other way and even point a finger when we think something or someone is totally off balance and it is difficult to stand up and state that fact and like you pointed out, we ' gotta stand for something, so i lend my voice on occasion. I am not sure ' they listen but i feel better..Great hub Bill..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I believe that with every fiber of my being...we are duty bound. :) Thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm not sure they listen either but I gotta keep speaking out. :) And yes, it makes me feel better too.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. As a leader I served those that could not or would not stand or speak for themselves. But together we were a mighty voice. Food for thought.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another inspiring hub, just like all your others, Bill. Thanks for continuing to remind us of the need for action.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Positively inspiring hub, to start acting and stop the blame game. A great hub. Voted up.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, I couldn't agree with you more. Every day I'm surprised, shocked, and disappointed by how many people (even friends) who couldn't care less about the world around us, because they are in their bubble of happiness. They don't want to know about anything bad, or that upsets them. Then there are those who like you say, complain about everything. What's interesting is, these people who complain, are 10 to 1 so self involved in their own little lives, they don't even know about the bigger problems out there. I've found from last year when I started getting involved in trying to help animals in any way that I can, that it takes the focus off me. What I used to be focused on in my life, and wonder why I wasn't like so and so, or have the money like so and so, has disappeared. When you decided to start helping others, the world really looks different. I'm sharing this far and wide because I think it's a huge message that needs to be heard. Thank you for writing it!! :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      In reality what you have means nothing who you really are is most important.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I love that you have such a strong social concious Bill and that you write on things that are close to your heart, thank you I appreciate your opinions, they really stir my social passion & I love that...

      For me I do whatever I can, whenever I can even, if it's only a little at times...and I think that's the answer, if everybody does a little we can all do a lot right? Great hub, Voted UUAI & shared...cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I respect you greatly for doing that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia! Just trying to do my part in this world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Vellur! I appreciate that very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, you mentioned such an important point. When you help others it takes the focus off of yourself, and that is so important. Suddenly your problems don't seem like much, and you start feeling good about yourself because you are doing good work for others. It is so simple; so why don't more people do it? We know the answer to that one, don't we? Thank you for sharing my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, that is such an important thing to remember. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, I agree completely. Acts of kindness do not have to be big; every little bit helps in such a troubled world.

      Thank you for your kind words and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Life is not about perfections, it is about how to live rightly in imperfect world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, you just stated it perfectly. Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great message Bill. Made me think take the bull by the horns and get on with life. So true everyone has got to pull together. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I have always been a "take the bull by the horns" kind of guy, so obviously I agree with you. Thanks for always being here and have a great weekend.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh, bill....From the very beginning of time, probably and sadly, to the end....the existence of ,"If IT doesn't effect ME or MINE, why would I care?".......A reality we don't quite like much, but it does, in fact, serve a purpose.

      It spurs the REST of us on, with more intensity and determination. There will always be those who do and those who do not.....positive/negative. The "good news," is that being part of the DO-group....we get to have the true riches, the real happiness and peace....and the confidence of knowing what REALLY matters.......UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, you are far more eloquent than I am. Beautifully stated my friend. Thank you for that; have a great weekend.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, you have so much passion for the things that matter and that is why I read every word you write. On days that I am lacking inspiration, I find it in your words. On the other days, when I am driven by my own passion, I find validation and justification something you've written. When I question my bad attitude over the multitudes of people who are moving through life pointing fingers or with their heads turned to the suffering of others, you are there screaming with me. SSharing this journey with you is such a pleasure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, we will just keep up the good fight and see what happens. Maybe we won't change a damn thing, but at least we will know that we tried, and that's all any of us can do. I am pleased with our efforts, and if we change the thinking of one person then it's all worth it.

      I'll go into battle with you any old day and twice on Sunday.

      love,

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      lol...once a day is more than sufficient.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I would rather be part of the solution than part of the problem. I do know people who like to look at life as "the glass is half empty" and it makes conversation very frustrating. Great reflection and pep talk on making a difference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, in truth those types of people drive me crazy, and I don't talk to them very much. Life is too short to be surrounded by negativity. Thank you my friend.

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