I am always amazed at the behavior of my species! At the same time I am hopeful that my impressions are not correct.
When I see people who seem to have no concern for, or even worse, have contempt for their fellow man I am confused. Is it really, “A dog eat dog world?”
I have gone to a few baseball games, in my time and, of course, I have a team that I hope will win, but if the other team makes a great play, I can appreciate it for the brilliance of that performance, and yet the people around me don’t seem to appreciate it. They are angry that the brilliant play was against “Their” team. They call themselves sports fans, but there doesn’t seem to be anything “Sporting” about them. These people will even support cheating if it benefits “Their team!”
In the voting booth, are people voting for the general benefit of Our Country? It does not seem so. It seems that they are voting for whatever helps their particular agenda. We have the “Black Vote, the Gay vote, the Woman’s vote, the conservative vote, the youth vote, the senior vote and the liberal vote!” Where are the American voters? The media has separated us into groups and pitted us against each other to give themselves more content and we continue to allow it!
It seems to me that the same people who want Government programs that benefit “Them” are people who are not willing to be honest about their own income and pay their fair share of the cost of these programs. Cheating on ones taxes has become expected, even encouraged. “Everybody cheats on their taxes!” has become an accepted attitude! Well, I do not cheat on my taxes and I do not respect people who do.
I am also disappointed in myself, in many ways. I know I can always do better and strive to do so knowing that I will never reach perfection. But, I can achieve perfection in “The Striving” towards perfection! I expect myself to do everything to the best of my abilities and will not allow myself to do things half way! It is not enough to seem like an honorable person, I must be an honorable person and it is never convenient to do so! The words, “Nobody is perfect” are not a license to be imperfect, they are an acknowledgment that there is room for improvement!
I believe that doing the right thing is important in all matters, and it is easy to figure out what “That thing” is. If you are presented with a problem and wish to deal with it in the “Right” way, make a list of your options. Then, find the one that is the most difficult and inconvenient. That choice will be the “Right” one!
A member of The Human Speceis