More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. ~ Woody Allen
Where do I begin this one? Well, for those not in the know, I have spent the better part of this year in Afghanistan. I am a government contractor that provides IT training for our uniformed service members. This is a job that I am very proud of and find much excitement and fulfillment from. Being an Army Veteran myself (served for eight years on active duty), it feels good to still be able to make a contribution to my country outside of uniform.
To me, America is the greatest country on this third rock from the sun. However, in all her greatness, there exists some very unflattering members in her union. I guess every family has members in it that they are not too proud of, but we love them all the same (or we’re told that we should love them all the same, regardless of how much they embarrass themselves or us). We’re taught that we’re all created equal and that we all have the same rights and should all be treated with dignity and respect. We shouldn’t tear each other down, but lift one another up and work towards building a great nation where everybody has a chance to succeed.
So it pains me, at times, when I see so much hostility and animosity between fellow countrymen. Disdain for folks that lack the opportunities that others think are afforded to every other person; lack of compassion for those that are unable to care for themselves; lack of gratitude or appreciation for those that do the tasks that actually help us carry on in our daily lives like the trash man, the water treatment specialists, the pest control people, the plumber, the carpenter, the policeman, the fireman, the teacher, the doctor, the nurse, etc. Some people actually look down upon these individuals, but fail to acknowledge their importance or significance.
We have so much to be grateful for in this country. As I mentioned before, we are the greatest nation on Earth, the most promising and fortunate society this world has. We shouldn’t squander such promise or take things for granted. We should be looking out for the little man, the middle man and the bigger man; things should be square across the board. We are still a very young, promising nation and like anything in its youth, there are still tons of things to learn from others. Nobody comes out the womb knowing everything there is to be a success. If that were the case then there’d be a lot more individuals who are successful all throughout the world, wouldn’t there?
So yeah, we may have our problems, we may have our shortcomings, we may have our flaws but damnit, I wouldn’t want to be in any other nation. So let’s get it together and find a way to work together to be a great nation; one that every other nation on this planet would want to aspire to become.
I’ll still luv ya tomorrow….