A Thought

I posted this today on my personal Facebook page and thought I would share:

 

I can’t help but think about several articles I have read lately contemplating how the United States will fall. If we understand anything from history, we know it will happen eventually, as all great nations, kingdoms, empires have fallen: Roman, English, French, Byzantine, etc.  I have one simple word that I believe encapsulates why the US will eventually fall: respect. We lack it. We lack respect for our own bodies, we lack respect for the original inhabitants of this great land we took, we lack respect for the land itself and we lack respect for others; especially the elderly, the poor and the sick.

As a whole, we no longer care about anything other than money, greed, acquiring possessions and making life better for ourselves. I know some will argue that there are good people doing good deeds, and I agree. Still doesn’t change the fact that we lack respect in a very general sense. We have become very self-focused.

People are taking other’s lives at an alarming rate. Some historians and economists speculated on the dark side of capitalism, that corporate greed filters down into society creating a system of consumers, focused mainly on getting, buying, acquiring stuff.

 

image credit: teachlovenothate.org
image credit: teachlovenothate.org

 

My Challenge:

Now to those that are reading and saying, “Yeah but there are people doing great things in this world to help others.” I ask you “Are you one of those?” Do you have enough respect for mankind to do something about it? To reach out to a homeless man and hand him a sandwich? To give your time at the women’s shelter? To throw a guy a dollar? To visit shut-ins or deliver food?  What are you doing? I have a friend that lives as an example of how to help. Organizing golf tourneys for needy families and collecting Christmas presents and driving 4 hours to deliver to a family in need. When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone?

For many of us, it has been years since we looked up from our mobile long enough to see the suffering in the world. It is time for you to change. Mankind is depending on you.

 

Big Dreamer

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41 thoughts on “A Thought

  1. The Wealth to exist has to be a balance … The poor people, the medium class it is that the balance… They must to exist to consume, to make the money flow. That is the nature of money run to one hand to other …. When you lose this balance and we have just one powerful class, the rich class. you reach a point that they asking to themselves ” And now Who is there to dominate? Who is outside to explore? Where is my money?

    How long it can last? In my humble opinion , the rich peoples start to eat others rich to survive in the same way… But that is impossible. Life is balance whether emotional or economic. We have to share.
    Unfortunately we see that all around the world.
    Just my opinion….. Thanks for the post…

    1. I agree with you looking at it from an economics stand point. However this system is doomed for failure and is already failing people worldwide. We have wide spread poverty, homelessness and starvation on a scale never before seen. This is a grave injustice and ought not be. This way is not the way. The only way to overcoming is Jesus His way. Thank you sister for helping me see the Truth.

  2. I agree completely. I say ditch the smart phones, let the cell phone companies tumble and the cable companies collapse and let us all take back our lives, get out from under the thumb of “The Man”.

  3. balaam the consumer of people is making people in the likeness of himself. Praise be to God our Father who had a secret plan to save us from the beginning, His Name is Jesus, praise Him, He did it all for us. Amen…

      1. Its a great place. its a place for the community to gather for coffee, food, conversation. Its also a place for for worship on Sundays too. WE have grown fond of it.

  4. We lack respect for our selves. We slowly nudge the line of ethics and morals to “satisfy,” those needs we think are needs. I point no finger at others. I testify that I have done it and do it at times still.
    We turn the other cheek to protect the ego self from self honesty, let alone some negation of some holy iconic figure.

  5. Every time someone asks me for money and gives me a story, I give them the money. They might be lying, but that is on them and not me. I did my good deed.

    1. I love that you brought that point up! I meant to put that in this post, but forgot. I say this to people all the time. I give from a good heart. What they do with it is on them, not me. My job is to have a charitable heart, not monitor their activities.

      1. Yes exactly. My heart is in the right place. Several of my friends tell me not to do it and I tell them exactly what I said here.

  6. Yep! I can’t fix the world but I can work to make my little corner a bit better. I can pray for the big problems and do whatever I can to make things better. Treating one another with kindness and gentleness is a great start.
    Thanks for writing!

  7. Every body is preaching about doing good to others, but they are not consistent in doing that. The fish starts to rotten from the head. I will start to have real respect for people by talking nice with them and helping them, not by give them money, most of the time words do more than money. All the best Adrian B.

    1. Very good point. In my opinion, any change is a start. If it is simply talking, so be it. helping others is a lifestyle practice for me, as it sounds like it is for you. Hope you have a great afternoon!

  8. I having been reading Erich Fromm and A Man for Himself and Sane Society really sum up and echo what you say here. It is by design that by birth to death many never break free of “civilized society” and it’s “norms” to live a fulfilled life – finding, knowing and loving the self THEY are and not what they have been programmed to be. It begins at the beginning to manifest the world you and I and so many others who are “awake” wish to experience.

    Great poem by William Stafford on of my therapists gave me a long time ago:

    A Ritual to Read to Each Other

    If you don’t know the kind of person I am
    and I don’t know the kind of person you are
    a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
    and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

    For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
    a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
    sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
    storming out to play through the broken dyke.

    And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail,
    but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park,
    I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
    to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

    And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
    a remote important region in all who talk:
    though we could fool each other, we should consider–
    lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

    For it is important that awake people be awake,
    or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
    the signals we give–yes or no, or maybe–
    should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

    ~William Stafford

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