I am seriously tired of greed and selfishness. Seriously. Maybe I’m getting old and grumpy, but since when has a pizza become more important than a man’s life? What makes one man think that just because he compiled a stack of millions by systematically cheating his customers and robbing his employees, that we’ll vote him into office so he can help others do the same? Or more on my level, why is buying a mega-screen TV for a Christmas present more important than spending Thanksgiving with family? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to hug that person and fix him a nice dinner than buy still another TV? Then use the money saved on the TV to buy dinner for a whole boatload of homeless people. Who really needs another TV anyway?
Who gets the blame for people who think their wants are more important than everyone else’s? Who honestly thinks they’re Master of the Universe and we all should drive like you, eat like you, worship like you, or whatever your current selfish pet peeve might be? And please don’t talk to me about this out-of-control Me-ism being the fault of the parents or because people don’t go to church anymore. Some of the worst offenders are people who have been shepherded through religious services by caring, if possibly clueless, parents and believe that theirs is the only religion that’s right. Clueless. No thought. No ability to think outside themselves.
How do we teach our children that what they want isn’t necessarily what they need or deserve? I don’t think turning off TV is the solution. This kind of irrational idiocy has prevailed throughout history. But we’re in the 21st century! Shouldn’t we have reached an age of education and civilization by now? How did Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln develop into well-rounded, educated, insightful men in a system that supported ignorance and slavery? Yes, I know they didn’t always reach the right conclusions, and they had their flaws, but they were still able to see outside themselves to what the country as a whole needed. Where are those men who put their country before themselves?
Maybe instead of the 3 R’s (I’ve always despised that ignorant cliché), we need to be teaching kids how to think. Instead of asking them how many apples in a bushel if ten apples equal a peck, we should ask them how many apples they think they can eat and how many they can give the kid who doesn’t have any. And then ask them what happens if that kid learns he can always get free apples and if there isn’t a better way of distributing apples. Oh yeah, that’s probably socialism or communism or too difficult to grade on tests so let’s just go back to not thinking and not disturb the status quo.
And therein may be the crux of the problem. Thinking isn’t easy or painless. So let’s turn off our brains and go back to our regularly recorded message: buy my book.
Or: shut the full cup: So, there are a few people out there who get it!
If anyone knows a good path out of our current selfish state, please, start spreading the word and post here!