So, I read once again this morning that it is Obama’s fault. Specifically this morning it was about some unhinged individual who took his gun and travelled to Brooklyn to kill some cops. It’s Obama’s fault.
I really have trouble with the President being blamed with all that is wrong. So, let’s examine our own behavior because it is the collection ALL OF US that makes up American society.
Do you chose to go to the movies and pay $8 or more to watch bloodshed and violence? Do you consider it really cool when someone goes around and starts “making things right” by killing and destroying. Then YOU are contributing to the attitude that supports riots after something happens that angers people.
Do you chose to ignore the advice that artificial sweeteners have been a major reason why there are so many overweight Americans with health issues? When you grab that diet soda, YOU are contributing to your own health decline and the crisis we have in the United States with rising health care costs.
Do you chose to drive your favorite ride whenever you want to go without considering fuel efficiency or planning to run all your errands at one to time to minimize adding emissions to the air? Then YOU are contributing to dependence on oil and poor air quality?
Do you encourage your girl children to be “pretty” and your boy children to be “tough”? Then YOU are contributing to gender role problems and all the issues that lead up to the high level of sexual assault and rape on college campuses, discrimination against gays, ill treatment of anyone who is different.
Do you encourage your children to play with their electronic games to keep them from bothering you? Then YOU are abdicating your parenting to the values others will give them. Don’t blame the schools for not teaching your kids if you are not teaching your kids.
Do you rant and rave when something gets you angry or upset and blame problems on others? Then YOU are demonstrating that anger is justified and you are rolling over and permitting anyone who has power over you to control you.
WE are society. If you do not like something you need to DO something about it. Yelling, writing a tirade (yeah, even this one) without positive action is only contributing to the anger level.
WE are society. If you see so much is wrong you are at a loss to know where to start, start in your own home first. Teach your children to strive for excellence, not complacency. Don’t do just enough to get by, aim for the best you can do. Teach your children that respect for others is the way to go. Don’t teach them to “screw them before they screw you” as one person quoted his version of the Golden Rule.
WE are society. Get involved. If the concept of contacting your representative in Congress is too hard, go contact your neighbor. The person next door. Help with a chore. Bring them some cookies. Shovel their walk. Offer to take them to the store. Get to know them.
WE are society. Stop blaming the President. We elected him, twice. With large margins. Soon we will be participating in another election process. This time, stretch your own thinking and go to a nonpartisan source to read about all the candidates. A site like procon.org which will present facts, not editorials, about each candidate and even provide a questionnaire to see which candidate is most aligned with your thinking. You may be surprised. Be your own thinker next time.
WE are society. You don’t like the way America has become. Change what YOU are doing and set the pathway on the right course.
December 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm
Lovely post, Beth.
December 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm
Well, “lovely” is pushing it. LOL Of course, the person who prompted my essay never commented
December 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm
i agree with you…and glad you ended this with these lovely words from Thich Hahn
thanks you for this…
December 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm
We CAN turn it around, but it takes people acting more responsibly than what they have been doing