Scripture says that, ” To those who much has been given, much is expected.” Consider the blessings the West has, especially The United States of America. She is blessed with abundant wealth, abundant resources, rich productive farm land and freedom.This is the time of the year when we all pause and reflect on our bounty., and offer prayers of thanksgiving with our families, and wish our friends and neighbors a “Happy Thanksgiving”.
But how do we behave? Are we truly thankful? Do we understand what we actually have? If we, like the Greeks were a deeply thoughtful and philosophical nation, could we solve our problems and our differences with less rancor? I believe the answer is yes. If the religious spirit that inspired our forefathers was not politically incorrect, would we love our neighbors as ourselves and have an appreciation for all of our fellow human beings.I think so.
The modern paradox in America is paraded on the media daily. People cry out and demonstrate in the streets for more; a larger share of the pie. They throw tantrums in the name of the Occupy Movement and threaten Molotov cocktails and bombs at Macy’s and the Stock exchange. In fact it seems they are domestic terrorists.
On the other hand, The Congress bailed out the banks during the housing crisis, at the expense of causing massive generational debt. In the same urgency of spending taxpayers dollars fiddled them away on losing projects not shovel ready jobs. The banks won’t lend the money that was used to bail them out. So Congress and the banks have caused this mayhem.
The Super Committee charged by the Congress and President to fix the national budget, they unlawfully ignored for several years, appears poised to fail. When it fails automatic cuts across the Federal budget will occur starting in 2013. The net result is when it hits the fan no one can be blamed This is not considerate leadership In fact it is no leadership at all..
A friend of mine named Emile, spoke to me yesterday about the meaning of the Statue of Liberty. She represents freedom to all the people in the world and to the citizens of this country. With this freedom, Emile pointed out, comes rationalization and ultimately a sense of selfishness. People have lost some of their values in the pursuit of personal happiness. It is all about them. The buzz word is “me”.
I asked Emile if he had a suggestion or a solution to the problem. His response was, “There is a statue missing!”
There was a pause in the conversation. I expected a religious answer. Emilie explained, “There should also be a Statue of Responsibility.”
Theodore Morrison Homa MD