“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” ~ Mark Twain
For all that normally read my words, many know that I hold appreciation for the subtle, and have a respect for all opinion and thought from anyone, no matter his beliefs. Today, I am saddened at what I see and read regarding the ill state of mind that so many have come to honor.
I rarely delve into the political sphere. Far too much wasteful rhetoric and empty platitude encircles the political stage. However, today I cannot sit idly by without expressing a truth that so many seem to have forgotten. In our biased political stage here in the U.S. we have two indistinguishable sets of values, one of which is not even close to being a human quality of harmony, and I’ll get to that in a moment.
Personally, I am an independent. I am of the conservative mind when it comes to many things, particularly with the size and use of government. I enjoy having little government involved in my affairs, and dislike the idea of amending constitutions to suit the smaller ideology of progressive political agendas. I am also a traveler of the middle road. I have both conservative and liberal ideals, one ideal in particular which is not in my mind politically related whatsoever, but only relates to being human, to having a soul; knowing how to love.
I believe we as human beings are born with the duty and inclination to help those around us that are in dire need of help. To deny this to any human is selfish, it is not of love, it is not of harmony. With that, I must say that the rhetoric of the ultra-conservative regarding welfare systems is embarrassing. But this cold mindset is not limited to one political philosophy, it certainly exists among the masses, alive and well on both the left and the right.
I’m quite tired of hearing and reading the same old cliche platform of “I got mine, now you get yours.” Or “Why should I help someone who can’t work, or can’t find a job.” Otherwise known as “Every man for himself, if you fail to produce… tough… You get no help from me.” This is disgraceful of human beings to live in this mindset, to ignore or have no empathy for those who indeed need help.
I read this statement today:
“I don’t know about all you Facebook folks but I am sick and tired of Working so that others can sit on their Ass and play video games while collecting Welfare and Foodstamps. Let them FAIL. If they get Hungry enough they will get off their Asses and get to work.”
In a country where ideas and ideals vary so widely, it is impossible to agree on how things should actually work, especially in the political world. But this above statement shows the spiritual deadening of the heart and soul. To me it is blatant ignorance and self-righteousness. It illustrates the hardening of hearts in a biased world of ideals and values. It saddens my heart to think that so many men think of themselves before they care to glance at their neighbor who suffers in plain sight. Even more saddening, many with this view hide behind the pulpit of biblical scripture, and claim that they are standup citizens with good Christian values. This ideal is far from anything Christ-like. It is, in fact, the opposite of what Christ teaches.
If you wish for anyone to fail, then you have already failed. If you care little for those who are hungry, I dare think you know what hunger is. We all must realize that to prosper as a nation or as a people this must be done with “WE” in mind, not with “I.”
When one falls, if another loses the kindness and compassion to stop and pick him up, then this is the death of the soul, the precipice of eternal destruction. We must remember, that WE are all contained in this world and affect each other with every thought, every word and every action. Be the one who helps his brother, and you will become a beacon of hope for all.