I was raised at a time when having a thought did not mean that you were forced to put in into action. I grew up thinking that quite simply there are behaviors that you may think, but that you just never act upon. It’s called restraint. It’s called morality. And today, it seems as if it’s no longer in favor. And I guess that’s what bothers me most about what’s been going on in the country for the last while…
Anyone who has been following along with my blog knows that for the last yaer I’ve had a hard time staying out of the political arena. The primary reason has centered more on my amazement that so much of America has normalized the behavior we see in Washington that I feel compelled to be one of those who does not remain silent in the face of egregious behavior, constant lying, and the tearing down of standards and protections that literally generations of americans have worked hard to put in place.
But it’s more than that. Right now the U.S. is in a period of time where it is celebrating all that is bad about human nature. When we look at business we see greed and avarice. The biggest companies in the country are have been and continue to be exposed as being without ethics in their pursuit of profit. Leaders in business, in government, in religion, in education are all being caught and exposed for their selfishness, their greed, their lack of morals, their willingness to use and abuse others. It’s getting to the point that it’s hard to find people who are who they say they are without pretence and sham. No matter how a person feels about people like Jimmy Carter with whom many Americans may have their differences of opinion, but he has shown himself to be a man of honor and grace, a man who is who he says he is, and who does what he teaches others. There aren’t many public figures about whom that can be said; not in politics, not in religion, not in personal relations.
Hypocrisy is bad enough — that people pretend to be one person, but then act in a different — even opposite manner — when no one sees. But of even more concern are those individuals who know no boundaries; those who see lying as virtuous as telling the truth; those who see harming others for the sake of their own profit to be laudable; those who disregard the impact of their business on the earth’s ability to sustain life in favor of their own aggrandizement.
It used to be that there were impulses that one would never give vent to. In the name of humanity, or morals, or religion, or … something… people would limit their behavior and stifle the most abominable.
For all the noble thoughts to be found in the libraries of earth, right now, on this planet, we aren’t seeing many of them being lived out in everyday life.