I wish I could wave a magical wand and make all the problems go away. End hunger, done! Poverty and disease, gone! War, never again! Hate and prejudice, see ya, you’re history! Crime and conspiracy, ain’t got time for ya!
I’ve always been boggled by the fact that we actually have control of many of our social and cultural ills. Not all of them, but we do have enough say in our ills to have an impact on our lives and our environment.
Least we should!
I’m of the opinion that if we gave 10 people that magic wand, all ten would wave their wand in a sparkle of colors, wishing for a better world. So what gives. If we all want a better world, where the fuck is it? Are we really a race of scumbags that are all talk and no action, that beneath our desires for a better world, lurks a dark and foreboding evil that we really serve? Are we lazy, afraid to do the hard work necessary? Is every ones vision of world peace so vastly different that the vision, any vision, is impossible to obtain? Are there just too many obstacles to get there? Or are we on that road, and it’s just slow going?
Just as I don’t have a magic wand, I also don’t have a lot in the way for answers. I suppose it’s some crazy amalgamation of answers, pick and choose why we’re not living in a golden age of peace and prosperity. From an American standpoint, I think most Americans believe they are living in an age of prosperity, and because of that belief, they’re not too worried about the rest of the world. That’s another way of saying most Americans are not socially conscience on a global scale. Than again, I’m thinking, or I rather not think of, what the rest of the world thinks about Americans.
What I struggle with, is that we have far more in common that that which divides us, but no one seems to be able tounderstand that, when compared to their individual belief systems. Two people of opposing faith have more in common that the faiths that divide them. Why? Because it’s not the words of their faith that are divisive as much as it is the persons interpretation of those words. Never said it was a good and honorable commonality. We take our faith literally, as we interpret our faith, and damn everyone else who doesn’t agree. It’s simply as saying ‘I am right, and you are wrong’.
Faith isn’t the only divisive roadblock. Reluctance to change, as I mentioned in my last post, plays a huge part. Waving that magic wand entails a huge leap of faith, faith that you’re not going to be worse off. You don’t want someone bettering themselves at your personal expense.
Culture serves as a roadblock on the progressive road as well. No one simply wants to give up their way of life, their way of doing things just to help someone else. It’s one of the reasons that people are resistant to alternative lifestyles. If you’re not like me, you’re different and that’s a bad thing. Interesting when you think about it, a Nation like ours, built on individualism and equality, has a real problem with people who are different.
There are a ton of potholes, boulders on our journey, all serving as distractions, obstacles and making the process somewhat agonizing, but the thing is, we are on the road.
I’m just not sure where we’re going.