According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary hope is "to desire with expectation of obtainment". Okay, sometimes things happen beyond our control. This year many things happened (all at once) beyond our control. We felt a little like Biblical Job, waiting for the next bearer of bad news. Are we going to just sit, wringing our hands and be jostled to-and-fro with the waves of change? Not if we have the grit our forefathers possessed. As Americans we have got to be proactive about events which will dramatically effect our lives (and those of generations to come) instead of reactive (after it is too late to do anything about undesirable occurrences). We have been blindsided by Washington, Wall Street, and the media...and we are partially to blame. "Huh?" you say. "Yes!" I say. WE THE PEOPLE are becoming mindless socialists who not only want the government to take care of us, but need the government to take care of us. Thinking is rote. I love Merriam-Webster's definition for this one.
Rote: mechanical or unthinking routine or repetition
Now, work with me on this one. How many hours a week do you spend with a computer, on a cell phone, watching a sporting event, shopping for pleasure, etc. (during your free time)? Let's continue. How many hours a week do you spend reading the news (more than one source), checking the internet for information about questionable activities in Washington (and at home), and talking to your kids about political candidates (with authority and not hearsay)? Even if you did not live back in the time when people gathered around a radio to catch the latest news updates (I didn't, but I'm sure my husband did.) you have surely heard about that type of daily event. Why is it wars, plummeting stocks, or the death of political figures are the only things to slap us into a state of awareness? Well, we were lulled to sleep in our cribs (watching our own personal mobiles) and became trapped in a nightmare. We are definitely going to have difficulty waking up from this one since we are being double-teamed by an economic crisis and the incompetence of those wearing three-piece suits (which I think is actually a smoke screen for funneling money to personal bank accounts, special projects, etc). We are not helpless therefore we are not hopeless. Change your lifestyle America! Question until you are satisfied with the answers...if you don't understand the answers, then chances are they are the wrong ones. Hope is all around us...it's just temporarily downsized.
Note: We need to diversify our activities to include things relevant to recovery in America.
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 12-03-08