- Politics and Social Issues
You May Say I’m a Dreamer, But I’m Not the Only One
What does the future hold for our children?
With the recent Boston Marathon bombing there has been an outpouring of emotions. People all over the place are saddened, outraged or a combination of the two. It is a tragedy, it is the tragedy of today, there were other tragedies yesterday and there will be more tragedies tomorrow. Does this have to be accepted as a part of life today? Well, I don’t want that part; they can keep it!
Be who you are, not who you think you should be.
Everyone has their own thoughts, feelings, concerns, reservations, passions, etc. Sometimes we will have a common bond and when we do, that’s great! When our beliefs don’t match, that’s okay too and we shouldn’t shy away from them. I think there is a huge misconception that we should either run with the traffic or jump in front of it and neither will get us anywhere. Too often I see people fall victim to the “agree with everything your neighbor says, as to not create conflict or appear more likeable”. All that does is creates a false ally for a purpose that you don’t agree with. Your neighbor will assume you have their back on an issue that you really have no business fighting for if you don’t necessarily agree with it. Secondly, you’ll be wasting time on something you don’t want when you could be working toward something you do want. The other poor practice is feeling the need to jump in front of traffic. People often think that if they disagree with an issue they must go out of the way to scream it from the rooftops even when the people in the streets are plugging their ears. Don’t get me wrong, persistence and ambition are great, but there is a time and a place. There really is no need to walk up to the old lady in the grocery store and start screaming your political rants to her, she probably doesn’t care, she wasn’t expressing her opinion on the matter and she certainly didn’t ask for your point of view. When there is a place or time that your issues are the topic, whether it be within a group of people, online or in the presence of one of your legislators, then by all means, voice your opinion. If you debate just to debate then again, you’re wasting your time that you could be spending debating where it might actually make a difference.
World Peace? Ha ha ha
We can write letters to our senators and we can go to the voting booths on election days, we can complain to our friends and family about what’s wrong with the world, government and politics, sure some of those things might bring a positive outcome, but more than likely they will just be drops in the bucket.
International Day of Peace is September 21st, what about the other 364 days of the year; I’d like peace then too! I say screw International Day of Peace, how about International Lifetime of Peace? I’m not a hippie, I don’t hug trees and I don’t save puppies every day, but shouldn’t it be a natural human desire to live in a peaceful environment or does this make me an irrational, overemotional female? Well, think about who has a more pathetic outlook; the person criticizing me because I want to live in a place and time of peace and equally want to share that with my neighbors or me for thinking that it’s a great goal to have?
Why can't somewhere over the rainbow be tomorrow?
Will you still love me tomorrow?
Honestly, I am proud of how we come together as a people when we experience such tragedies as the Boston Marathon bombing, but I’m saddened as well. Why does it take tragic events for us to come together? Why do we stop fighting against each other and start fighting together when these things happen? Why shouldn’t we, why can’t we live this way every day? I can't stand that my neighbor blows his leaves in my yard with his silly leaf blower. I think the lady who lives down the street and lets her dog crap on my lawn is an idiot. The neighbor kid who doesn't realize he's thirty and drives up my village streets at 60 miles per hour while kids ride their bikes is a moron. When tragedy strikes, we all comfort each other, but any other day of the year we have no use for each other.
Obviously we have some problems!
I don’t want to focus on the negatives but we can’t avoid them. Why do we have children dying of starvation here, in America but send money to feed people in foreign countries? Why does someone who has worked every day of their life since high school and becomes so physically disabled that their quality of life has severely decreased but that can’t get help from our wonderful government and if they are lucky enough to, it only comes after a long, stressful battle? Why is it that his neighbor has 5 kids and a drug dealing boyfriend, driving around in Escalades, watching Digital Cable, eating like kings and sporting gold all over their bodies get to collect Food Stamps and all other kinds of assistance from the government? Why is it that we either have to live in fear because horrible tragedies happen every day and no one seems to have a solution or we pretend that we don’t live in fear and pretend that we don’t worry if our children are in the wrong place at the same time because we never know when another tragic event will strike? Why do we work every day of our lives in good jobs just to hand our tax dollars over to empty promises? Why do we need to use our money to replace the muffler on our car that has broken lose because the taxes that we pay for rebuilding/repairing roads was misallocated?
Why? Part of the problem is that we have people running our country and representing us that quite frankly, don’t care about our needs, wants or concerns. We sit back and watch the guys with the big money pave their candidates way to office and then we get more comfortable and sit back to watch these people who make it into office repay their “funders” favors for the entirety of their terms. The only way we're going to see major changes in politics is if we put the right people there, people like you or people that will fight for people like you. As long as money is involved and money fuels the campaigns, then this will always be a problem. We need to take money out of the equation. Why do we need money for someone to decide they want to become a part of bettering our country? They only use money now to fund running around begging people for their votes. Well, if money wasn't involved and they stood nothing to gain from empty promises and truly wanted to make a difference and it was obvious in their words and actions, then they wouldn't need to travel around begging for votes; the votes would be pooring in. Imagine one election where everyone had a fair shot, an election where how much money you have or money you've raised would mean nothing?
While we stand by and watch nothing happen or decide to become a part of changing things, the least we can do is come together. We should not wait for tragedies but recognize that we want our children and our grandchildren to have a better life than we do. If I died tomorrow and my children became adults in the world as it is now, then I have failed them.
Do you see the problem?
Are you content or do we need to do something?
Be the Change
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