We can all understand a national angst around a number of life-altering issues, from our woeful economy & jobs outlook, to food that makes us sick and a growing number of crazed individuals who want to see all of us blown to bits.
And when we get scared, or angry, or feel out of control, we want to pinpoint the source of the problem – we want someone or some entity to blame.
Is it Congress? Is it one political party or the other? How about the media, issuing inflammatory stories, whether ultimately true or not, to keep their market share from falling?
Or, is it that we as a nation, and we Boomers as the current leaders of it, have lost our “moral compass” – that our society as a whole is disintegrating, causing much of what’s wrong with our nation today – as we hear more and more often these days? How about our own unwillingness to make tough sacrifices thus keeping ourselves reliant on extremely unstable parts of the world?
It’s really tough to resist the natural temptation to look everywhere else but in the mirror for the root cause of our problems. But here’s the cold truth of our distresses:
- A bad Congress continues to be bad only because we let them get away with it…and I don’t mean just keep voting ’em out…I mean we don’t hold them accountable when they’re in. Admittedly that takes time…to write them…let them know consistently what you want them to do – but that is the pesky part of a “representative government”
- Sensationalism in the press continues because it works…we watch/listen/read it
- Political parties respond to their loyal and most extreme base because they’re the most vocal; moderates are the least, which is the majority of Americans
- The disconnect that is now the norm in our communities (our lack of involvement), our spread-all-over-the-world families, or our use of technology more often than face-to-face, makes life a tad surreal, moving ever closer to an imitation of it; this may make life easier, but it doesn’t make it better…
- Companies that do bad things rely on us forgetting about their bad behavior in short time…and we do. The best example of this over the past year has been the toxic food that’s made it’s way into our homes as a result of agribusinesses’ unsanitary conditions (being humane and clean takes too much out of the profit-margin). They also know that we simply do not use our consumer clout to send them a clear message of discontent – refusing to buy from companies with poor track records is a tad inconvenient (shopping elsewhere…keeping track) and they rely on us being too busy, or apathetic, to do so
As the song puts it so well:
I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change
Here’s the link: Sing along with Michael Jackson, and perhaps we’ll finally take seriously the powerful message of this song from so many years ago, that is even more relevant today.