The World Today
I don’t think I’m going to be posting a full article today. I don’t think the next one will be very business related either. I’m afraid it might come off as more a rant. Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about the government, humanity and the state of the world today. I can’t help but get frustrated. We’re all working parts of a system that propagates the status quo without doing anything to make it better.
It’s almost like we’ve been brainwashed into apathy by our televisions, radios, computers and phones. Now, when we see something happening like a fire or a purse snatching we’re more apt to tweet about it than we are to do something constructive like help. Even our jobs aren’t constructive. We live in an economy built upon serving each other rather than producing useful goods and items.
We expect our grand government to do something about it, to fix it. But what are they really going to do? Nothing. An honest, hardworking person can no longer survive in the political system that we’re so proud of. Instead they are an indentured servant to lobbyists for the money that they need to maintain their status. They have to compromise away anything substantial in order to win agreement to do anything at all. And we stand aside, a voting electorate that doesn’t even pay attention to democracy until it’s time to vote again. Then, we all go out and research what they say they will do instead of analyzing the real impact of what they have actually done.
We live in country where the people who earn the most money are those who can think up the coolest new gadgets and market them successfully. All while the teachers who are responsible for the education of the next generation are struggling to make ends meet and having money pulled back from them by the government officials who claim to be broke but spends millions of dollars every year on advertising and promotion just to get back to the office where they say their hands are tied because they have no money.
Then we have the parents who want to blame the teachers for not raising their kids appropriately. Parents who have abdicated the responsibility to raise their children to become strong, productive members of society. Why? So that they can live in the life of happy apathy that has come to represent the American dream in the 21st century.
Am I mad? Yes I’m mad. I’m even madder because of how hopeless it all feels sometimes. We have no way to funnel the good people who care in to productive opportunities to make a difference. As a result they gradually give in to the same apathy that infects the rest of us and live an unfulfilled life.
Does it have to be like this? No, it doesn’t have to. But it’s going to take sacrifice. Millions of Americans look back at Martin Luther King Jr. with respect and admiration. But how many of the millions are willing to pick up their cross and walk with it every day, just like he did, in order to make a difference in the world today?
That’s what it will take. Not one person, but a tidal wave of people who are willing to sacrifice to change the way that things are done and make a difference.