What am I talking about?
Put plain and simply, I'm talking about helping. I'm talking about giving. I'm talking about altruistic service to others. I'm talking about doing instead of talking about helping others.
This has become such a dirty thing, and it astounds me to no end. It's so hypocritical that it goes beyond belief. How in the hell can some people blow their horns so loudly about being good Christians yet yell just as loudly when the thought of actually helping someone presents itself?
Now, the noise is at a fever pitch. The government is going to step in and try to help people, though in ways that might prove to be misguided and useless. Instead of coming up with viable alternatives, the only noise heard is "that will create a larger government," or "people will become dependent" or even more vague, "that is throwing good money after bad."
From what I can see, the majority of the people yelling about the attempts to salvage what's left of the country are the ones least affected by the economic downturn. They aren't the ones drawing unemployment with little hope of finding a job. They aren't the ones losing their homes along with their jobs to now stand in line for food stamps. They aren't the ones that clean toilets, mop floors, make parts, package lunch meat or take phone orders, drive a truck or fill the orders in a warehouse.
No, the people yelling "foul!" right now are the ones who are hanging onto every last penny, and with a death grip. They aren't far from joining the rest of us in the soup line, and their money is their only lifeline.
And therein lies the problem. Since when is the only gauge of success how much freaking money you have? It's that attachment to the monetary, the mundane, that is at the heart of this mess, and that's exactly what will keep drawing it out a lot longer than it has to. Your attachment to the meaninglessness of life is dooming the whole planet!
Since when does greed override altruism? Is that what you call being a good person?
The photo of the Bartlet pear tree above is one I took today. Those trees are everywhere here, bringing the countryside alive with all those white flowers. It symbolizes a purity, a washing away of the gray of winter, to herald in the colors soon to come.