America, the beautiful….


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….

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3 comments

  1. bloodfreak

    I would take issue with your “greatest nation on Earth” (Canadian here), but otherwise, I agree with what you’re saying.

    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;

    As human beings, I think we’re just bad at seeing things from other people’s points of view unless we’ve shared similar experiences. And how can we really walk a mile in someone else’s shoes anyway? Can you claim to understand homelessness by voluntarily sleeping out on the street for a night, a week, a year? If you have the choice to go to a warm home or to pay for a night in a motel, then you have that choice. If you are homeless, you do not have that choice. So, you might understand what sleeping on a sewer grate feels like, but not what it feels like if that’s really the best option you have available to you at a given time. So, you cannot really understand that person or their situation.

    I think we make assumptions about others based on our flawed understanding of them. We don’t usually know what’s going on in their mind, we don’t know their whole history, we don’t know their situation beyond what we see in the relatively few moments we’re exposed to them during the course of their/our lives. From these flawed assumptions, we form flawed opinions and come up with flawed solutions for their problems. And many more awful things follow (even those times when we mean well).

    … 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.

    Thank you! A lot of people don’t realize the interconnectedness of our lives. The example I like to use right now is Donald Trump. From my perspective (yes, flawed as it is), he believes he’s beholden to no one. He’s a self-made man, right? A lot of people buy into that myth. But the truth is, for him to get where he is, a lot of people needed to say “yes” to helping him along the way, either directly or indirectly. Even Usain Bolt, the current fastest man alive, in order to become that, he needed people who believed in him, fed him, trained him, sponsored him, etc. No man is an island. Too bad more people aren’t realizing that.

    Anyway, sorry for the long comment and thank you for providing some food for thought!

    • jimcolv

      *hissss, booooo* Canada sucks!!!

      I kid, I kid. I always wanted to visit there. But on a serious note thanks for commenting. I get really fired up about the state of America and folk that take simple things for granted.

      • bloodfreak

        I’m sorry my country hasn’t pleased you. (We Canucks are always apologizing.) The Great Red Menace of the North, with our universal health care and such. I hear Sarah Palin can see us from her backyard. I’ll be sure to wave next time I’m out 🙂

        Hey, nothing wrong with being fired up sometimes. It’s a sign you’re alive and thinking. And blogging is a good way to vent. Better than beating people up, which is what I want to do sometimes 🙂 The act of writing makes me think. I just have to check myself to see if I’m listening (or reading) too. As I said, I’m not always so good at that. I also have to check to be sure I’m not just looking at stuff that supports my point of view. That’s even harder to do, because people naturally try to make connections with like minds, which is comforting, but doesn’t really help us grow.

        Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent again. Keep up the good fight, dude! (Yeah, sorry, I live on the West Coast.)

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