Monday, April 25, 2011

At The Oars

We have to believe that someday, somehow, some way, it will be better and that we can make it so.

Hubert Humphrey
Hello Bangladesh
Whenever I watch or listen to the news, or review some of the events of my past, which I try not to though some of them are very intrusive, I can't help noticing that there seems to be much more in the world that is erroneous than what is right.

Isn't that a peculiar thing? One would imagine that with all of the geniuses and positive thinkers we have had in our history as human beings we would have eliminated by this time all the things that continue to mess up our lives.

I say the fault is with education, and I don't mean children in school, although that's bad enough. I mean that people grow up to believe erroneous things they have been told. That passion is more powerful than reason, that emotion is better than thought, that gut reaction out ranks logic, for example. John takes revenge on Sam to teach him a lesson. But what is he teaching him, how to be a revengeful jerk? I heard a man say he was humiliating his son to teach him humility. He was teaching him humiliation instead, a lesson no one should learn.

Sometimes our governments participate in this malignancy. Saddam Hussein declared torture legal, thus letting loose on Iraq a demonic practice that would have destroyed the country. The United States Congress once passed a law making liquor illegal, thus opening wide a door to organized crime. Now we are up against the possible need to legalize drugs, balance the budget, get out of debt, feed our hungry, take care of our poor, clothe our naked and house our homeless while we're wasting time over a birth certificate. I wonder how many in other countries are laughing at us. I wonder how many negativists are laughing. I wonder how many of those who paid no taxes are laughing.

Wars continue to be waged somewhere in the world, all the time and they are never over the issues the leaders claim they are. Poverty, ignorance, oppression, cruelty and lies are rampant. Why do so many otherwise intelligent humans contribute to the mess rather than help clean it up?

Because they don't believe it can be done? "It's human nature, what can you do, it's no use, nothing can be done." That attitude is also the result of education. If you sit in a rowboat in the middle of the river and do nothing you'll float downstream. If you want to go upstream you have to row.

There is a day, a way where we can make it better. The only reason we haven't destroyed ourselves is that there are enough people at the oars. The rest must be reeducated.

DB - The Vagabond
Never Give Up

(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

6 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.



pacifica62 said...

Many times people do speak out or try to stop the inevitable but the government ignores them and does what it wants anyways. I will stick my neck out and say that the mess in the middle east would never be taking place without the greed for oil and has nothing to do with whatever excuses were given for being there in the first place. People do try to make a difference but they are ignored. The government already has its' agenda. Those trying to paddle upstream get tired after a while and the strength goes. Defeat is almost certain.

Geo. said...

A favorite Thomas Paine quote:"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child will have peace." 200 years later we're still working on the "peace" part, but the original, unfulfilled wish was a good wish. It encourages us to become genies.