“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.” George Hegel
In the world of speculative nonfiction writing this alliteration has given some pause. The amount of time it has taken to seek and execute inspiration has been troubling. What is there to do? March on as best we can to the bitter ends; confusion, commotion, disorientation, and outright misperception or find a new way to write.
The problem with alliteration is that the sound does not always complement the focus of the exercise. In this case that has proven a challenge. In the interest of making a point this verbal implementation must enter the realm of the sociopolitical. Leanings to the middle are not the prescription, and advocacy must come into play.
“The terms “right” and “left” came from the Estates General in France. It’s interesting that now we use them as our basic political terms. On the left sat the ordinary people, on the right sat the nobility and the clergy! (What were the clergy doing over there?!) I think you see the pattern.” Fr. Richard Rohr
With this statement we can get to the crux of the situation. There is a fault line running through America that is crippling this bright existence we experience as citizens of a great nation. It is the separator between potentiality and actuality. We have the ability to solve the world’s evils and give to the globe that which we have achieved. We have the capacity to endure and achieve momentous things in the name of good, yet we fall short. That once more begs the question…what is there to do?
To answer this query we would, of necessity, examine the significant issue facing us that serve as an impediment to greatness. We cannot follow direction! Our earliest lessons in life are forgotten and denied in almost every way. When we enter the world outside the safe bosom of our families (those who have safe families!) it is usually upon the occasion of entering into kindergarten. Back then, life seemed easy. You said “yes sir”, and held doors for ladies, and if you did these and a few more simple practices they gave you milk and cookies and let you take a nap in the afternoon. How much of life would be simpler and easier if all we really wanted was cookies and milk?
Later in life we are sent out to learn other items of necessity. Life skills as a title come to mind. This is not offered as much as is probably needed. We are taught how to show up for important events such as school, work, doctors’ appointments, but are we taught we need to show up for these activities on time? What happens to us if we are late? Why the hell should we care?
Are we taught how to balance a checkbook? If so, then why do we allow our leaders to treat the national budget and debt as if they were never instructed in the proper method of conducting business? We have an economy based on how much we can borrow and how long can we have to pay it back. Science clearly states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Let someone on the “right” report that a financial catastrophe is imminent, and the “left” will begin assigning culpability instead of seeking solution. The blameworthiness lies within us. We tell the government every Tuesday after the first Monday in November who we want to conduct business for us, but we never really look to see what credentials those individuals possess that would qualify them for the position. To make matters worse are conspiracies abounding as to the actual makeup of congress. An e-mail has been winding its malevolent way around since 1999 enflaming the situation, it states:
* 29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse.
* 7 have been arrested for fraud.
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks.
* 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.
* 3 have been arrested for assault.
* 71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
* 21 are current defendants in lawsuits.
* And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.
This is not verifiable information, and it may or may not be factual, but is widely believed. What happened to the direction many of us received when we were taught not to bear false witness against our neighbors?
As a race, or rather a culture, we do not espouse the simple principles that a predominantly Christian/Judeo society would or should display. There is hate everywhere we look; on the television, in the newspapers, in our schools, and our homes. We are a country of immigrants and yet, we believe immigrants are akin to Satan. Never mind that many endure atrocious hardships to get here and once here work like slaves to make a better life for them and their families. Particular hypocrisy which rears its ugly head comes from our states that pass laws to require near slave-like conditions on a culture that we pilfered the western half of our country from in the name of Manifest Destiny.
In conclusion, it may be said that hypocrisy is the Gross Domestic Product for those who live in America. We interpret everything to give ourselves the “right” position. We ignore simple human decency in the name of all that is “American.” If you doubt this try looking at the percentage of Gulf War veterans who are homeless. Try looking at the decisions our leaders make. Best example to date: “NYPD, FDNY, and EMS officer were not invited to the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 because Mayor Bloomberg claims there is no room for them.”
Why don’t we follow directions?