Thursday, June 15, 2006
The Root of All Evil
As we hope for better things to happen in our work environment, our home environment, the environment environment and generally the world around us we witness good things happening. Sometimes we even participate in them. But I'd venture to say that we still see space for improvement. Why is that? Why isn't everything all gumdrops and lollipops? Well, recognizing that there's always more to it, I'd venture to say that general apathy is keeping us from getting to the place we want our societies and world to be. What's the old saying? "Idle hands are the devil's tools"? I saw Why We Fight this evening. To tell me that wars take place due to the pressures of the "military industrial complex" is like telling me I have hands, every day I wake up that point is plainly obvious to me. Not to take away from it, just to say that it exemplified my feelings (that's a good thing, I guess). The closing, and perhaps most effective, quote for me was: I think we fight because basically not enough people are standing up saying, "I'm not doing this anymore." I consider it representative of where we stand on so many areas of challenge in the world and a healthy reminder when I think that I'm "just one person" or I am hesitant to make the sacrifices necessary to live the changes that I think and talk about. Sure, it's a little melodramatic to tie my personal apathy to the root of all evil. Then again, I am left-handed and us lefties are a shifty bunch.