Happy New Year and Happy 21st Century!!!!
Welcome to a New Year of hope, change and potential. See… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Unfortunately, some of society is struggling to embrace such concepts and ideals. While I am known to be a ‘happy-go-lucky’ person or the epitome of optimism – I’m also a realist. As such, if I can see what’s happening, I’m sure ALL of America can surely see it too!
I’m certain that the arrival of our first African-American President was not enough to dispel all of the issues and concerns within our massive world. So, the status of the economy, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, crime, terrorists’ regimes, high school drop-outs, teen pregnancy, abuse/neglect, declining race relations and on, and on, and on does not magically disappear due to the presence of ANY newly elected official.
So as a realist, with a sunny disposition; I’d like to impart conscientious awareness through simple conversation and suggestion! So far this year, it is obvious that race, religion power, secrets, deciet, greed and domination has over-shadowed humankind.
- Discomforting conversations about interracial relationships currently dominate the work place, internet, schools and other public and private forums as people express not only a lack of historical context and understanding about race relations but also a lack of tolerance for diversity and integration.
- Bus advertisements, history channels, households, churches, and other institutions indoctrinate the rejection and/or acceptance of particular religious affiliations to include their pluses and minuses based solely on their personal prejudices and/or motives.
- Public officials are tapped on the wrist, glorified and lectured about their abilities to misuse and disrespect power, people and authority. They minimize the importance and honor of whom and what they are elected to serve.
- Public exposure has now become a means of political/personal attack that are non-productive attack as opposed to a gateway for truth and transparency or to promote justice or respect. So the media, of all types, shapes and sizes continue to intrude, evade, support, and tear-down lives for ratings and self righteous taunting – only promoting the beliefs, values and morals of their station owners or their self-vested interests.
While all of this chess-playing is occurring, poverty grows, uneducated urban children multiply, youth-on-youth crime expands, child maltreatment and neglect is dumbed down for numbers and alcoholism and mental health disorders take second class seats to politics.
I know … what a blower! I suggest the use of some serious introspection about who we are individually and collectively. I strongly suggest that we spend some time understanding our motives, philosophies, purpose and place in this madness. If we are ONLY able to ban together to offer relief to the poor after a disaster, or fight for civil rights after a gross violation has occurred, or give attention to any situation because it has been ‘Forced’ upon us – who are we as a human race?
Let’s be real about the true nature of our depth to care. We have the capacity to do, be and give so much more time, knowledge, resources, patience and love. Selfishness, self-absorbed, self-righteous and self-indulgent tendencies will only preserve and promote punishment, deceit and dishonesty and we’ve had enough of that! See… That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!