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The fundamental difference between yesterday and today is patience across generations. Yesterday people were content to improve the situation for the nezt generation. They felt life was meant to be hard and if they could make it a little easier they did their job.
Today people expect things to be right--right now. They have waited long enough. They now feel that being asked to wait is a conspiracy. They refuse to accept any hardness to life.
In human history, usually the re-set, from soft back to hard, is violent. Time will tell, soon, if we have gotten any better at THAT.

10/05/12 @ 11:36
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Joe: Thank you for adding such a perceptive observation to the conversation. You've offered much to think about, for me and my readers.

10/05/12 @ 12:32
Comment from: Joy Connell

Such a beautiful broad perceptive. We are sick and tired of all the biased opinions and hype. It wears on sensible thinking. Thanks for keeping us on point.
Freedom is as inherent to individuality as the air we breath. The air belongs to all. This implies that our best choosing should be be in the interest of everyone.
I often think about what is right with America. How fortunate I am to have walked the lifes' journey on these soils - and why was I born here? And so close to Valley Forge. Let it go applies here too; for in trying to figure it out no good would come of existence.
Instead a positive, persistent, open mind that permits filtering information from sources available around us is our civic duty. More can be gleamed from our actions - how we live with our neighbors and let them live. May earnesty and honesty guide our VOICE.

10/06/12 @ 06:10
Comment from: Judy

You stated that "American people are drastically more difficult to serve than they were in 1776" and I have to disagree. Back in those days, if you didn't agree with your neighbors, you were tarred and feathered, hung, kidnapped, etc. I'm thankful to be an American in 2012. Many think our choices for leaders are bad. I say to them, go back a few decades or centuries, learn some history. And....... if someone doesn't vote, they don't have any right to complain. That may be the best reason to vote! And know that in this country you can complain. Can't do that everywhere and live to tell about it.

10/07/12 @ 15:03
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Judy: fantastic point. In an effort to shorten the already too long post, I cut out some explanation of what I meant.

My statement referred to the people as a unit, the sheer number of them particularly, the diversity, the expectation and demands, many related to far more trivial things then real issues of, say, being tarred and feathered.

For instance, expectations. Into settlers homes didn't come regular, global communication of atrocities, asking us to face horrible realities in other cultures and countries. As caring people, we need the tools to address the feelings that come from too much information. The pain and suffering and wrongdoing leaves us helpless, the helplessness leaves us clamoring for someone to take control, the clamor leads to an expectation that "the leader of the free world" must fix every problem in every culture. We, as individuals blessed with freedom, must choose the battles that strike hardest on our heart and then give of ourselves (time, money, knowledge, voice) to find the solution. If we cannot, and we ask for the government to step in with its power and strength, we must be willing to fund its actions and relinquish control over the methods and outcomes.

As for going back into history to learn the bad choices made, I think that is one of the reasons why people are so fearful of voting. No one wants to be responsible for backwards leadership.

Still, your main point was one I am hoping to make and am happy you shared. There is much to be grateful for. It was a partnership between the people and its government to have changed things from the days of ignorance and slaughter. We can be proud of our ancestors for how far they've brought us.

Today, as we ask our elected officials to serve us honestly and without corruption, we too must act with restraint. If we come at them with sticks and flames, they can only act on the defensive, leaving no courage to lead. If we come at them with message that we want our personal problems fixed (right now, as Joe has noted), they will run out of steam in the first hour. Let's continue to call for change, but first let us check our own behavior and attitudes, because that is something we can control.


10/08/12 @ 07:10
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Joy: "The air belongs to all of us." The line between selfish and unselfish is very blurry when it comes to our environment, same as it must seem to anyone passionate about a cause (education, health, spirit). We want what is best for America because we are gracious, but also because it is what is best for ourselves. That makes it difficult to know when to fight and when to let go. Quiet reflection and collective debate are two ways I know for figuring it out. Thanks for being a part of both.

10/08/12 @ 07:22