i have been out of sorts lately. ok- so i have been out of sorts since 2000- but i was making an attempt at optimism. obviously--a foreign concept for me. and i started thinking why? why am i so moody? other than the basic core of my personality, i think it it has to do with taking in and sucking up the world's problems. oh- and finding out that america is behind a large portion of them. whoever said that history is written and colored by the victors was right on the money. it continues to amaze me even at this moment how naive as a nation we were- and still are. we have been so pampered and sheltered from the rest of the world and it's unrest, we have no frame of reference to help us navigate uncertain waters. talk about ivory towers. we have been cocooned and coddled by the media and by our government into thinking that nothing bad could ever happen here. we live in a fairytale land- a 'shining city on a hill' if you will.
reality is a bitch, eh? nothing like the next day hangover to give folks something to think about. we have had it lucky for a couple of centuries and we have forgotten the hunger for freedom that drives folks- like the folks in burma or tibet or darfur or aw hell- pick anywhere else in the nonwestern world. we have it and we take it for granted every single day. i know i do. i try not to but it is a habit now. most folks think that if we don't think about the big issues- they'll work themselves out- or someone else will work them out. grownups know differently. there is no doubt that this country and this planet is ailing. we have a small window of opportunity here to right the wrongs we have done to both. we don't have much time though. we have to prioritize and we have to tackle the biggest issues first. and we have to do this as citizens of the planet first and americans second. can we do it? or will we continue to put other priorities first?