There is a line from the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, that I have always liked. It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly.
Now in the context that this statement was meant, Dickens’ is clearly showing how isolated Scrooge has made himself by cutting himself off from his fellow-man. That said, In as much as I DO feel we all need to help others, I have found some solace in that statement of late.
If you see yourself in what I am about to say, think about it. If it’s not you, than it’s not about you. The reason I have taken solace in that phrase is that as I roam around and read various conversations, I’m absolutely floored at the absolute contempt people have been toward one another lately.
I believe, just me-DiabetesDad, that because someone very strongly is in favor (or not) of certain results, people, movements, etc. should not allow people to say; “I know this is wrong to say but I just have to…….” and some long tirade ripping people apart follows.
The first amendment, again–to just me, also comes with serious responsibility. It’s a huge responsibility and it needs to be taken very seriously by everyone. The freedoms we express should be in check when it comes to the vile and poison so many are revealing—–ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BOARD.
This hurts me so.
And because some do it, if we continue to believe that it gives everyone the right to do it; we could be in serious trouble. I choose to focus on my family, my passions, and things which are important to me……”mine occupies me constantly”.
Friction and friction will only result in heat. If more time was spent focusing on how to be part of the change, WHATEVER THAT BELIEF MAY BE, instead of contemptuously screaming at each other that it’s needed; might be a better use of our energy. And if your inclination is to immediately respond to this article by blaming some entity and/or person; don’t give them that power over you. That’s the easy thing to do
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
The key word here is, “DO”. Much energy is being spent in vile shouting, from ALL SIDES of this discussion, might we all be better off with more ‘doing’.
Be the CHANGE. No one wrote a book about someone who was GOING to do something, they write books about those who fostered change. How you get there, is your choice.
Just don’t do nothing.
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0 thoughts on “The World is a Little Vile Lately…….Yes?”
rick phillips says:
I used to practice politics and yes I liked winning debates, elections, contentious points. That is why I practiced politics, I liked getting my way, fortunately, I learned early getting my way meant helping others I disagreed with, get theirs as well.
I liked getting mine so much I grew to like others get theirs as well. Win, win is way more fun than win, lose.
And THAT is about as good as it gets. Could not agree more.