Are you curious about the decisions that are being made by our politicians and the events that are happening in today’s world? Are you concerned about what happens outside the 5 mile radius of the bubble you live in? If not… then I would suggest that you continue to live your contained simplistic life and check to see who was recently drafted on your favorite “ball team” or who will be appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” this season…and read no further.
For those who are curious about the future of our Country…and the affect that it may have on your way of life… maybe it’s time to look at history. History is one of the best tools to indicate or provide direction of our Country’s future.
I’m not asking you to listen to the politicians of today from either major party…who are continuously fighting for control of what they perceive to be their domain…where pandering, lying, and self-preservation has become (if not always) more importance than the future of our Country.
When I was a young man I received my national news via television or the local newspaper. The news cast was 30 minutes anchored by either Huntley and Brinkley or Walter Cronkite. I listen to what they reported…had no reason to doubt it…and then went about my simplistic life until they fed me what they thought I should know the next day.
It was a time when you were told by your parents if you work hard and apply yourself you could be successful in life (the meaning of the word successful is a topic for another day). That advice has prevailed and produced different levels of comfort zones for many people through the years. It was also a time when changes were put in place to correct the injustices and separation of American citizens that had prevailed for so long…a time to bring into play the equality that was provided in the words of our constitution…opportunity for all of its citizens. Opportunity is the keyword…do not get the words “opportunity” and “fairness” confused. Life is not fair…get over it.
Let’s focus on the words “If you work hard and apply yourself you could achieve success in life”. There are no guarantees…because life isn’t always fair…but this has been the prevailing concept of my generation and the generation before me…this has been the history that has created the greatness of our County.
Look at the direction of the past and connect it to the direction of the future…is it continuing on the same path…can you “connect the dots”? I don’t think so.
Below are sources that I would encourage you to view and digest in order to help provide you with your own answer to this question…can you connect the dots?
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Great piece. I especially like the part where you mentioned working hard does not guarantee success – as I preach the same thing; you need to work smart too 🙂