We live in a society of fear perpetuated by a well-meaning media.
We live in a society of fear perpetuated by a well-meaning media.
Do you feel entitled?
” . . .believing oneself to be inherently deserving
of privileges or special treatment.”
There are so many things that we have that we take for granted but do we deserve them? Short answer yes and no. There are things written in law that if we attain ‘ this’ we are entitled to ‘that’. That’s a good thing for a community, a society. But there are those who believe that they are entitled to more simply because they are alive. And that is both sad and annoying.
There will always be those who believe they deserve more than anyone else. There will always be those who don’t take what they deserve simply because they don’t want to be greedy. I think most of us are in between those two. But what are we entitled to?
It would be easy to say fresh air and clean water but even those come with a cost. There are people in this world that don’t have access to either. Don’t they deserve as much as we do? They do, but in this day and age we have to work to attain fresh air and clean water and then maintain them. And sometimes we don’t work hard enough. Or we do and others sabotage our efforts for reasons of ignorance and greed.
By virtue of my birth I am lucky enough to live in a country that believes I am entitled to assistance because I have a disability. I appreciate that, every day. Unfortunately there are those who think they too should be ‘entitled’ because . . . because . . . they’re lazy and greedy! There are so many abuses of the system that it is in danger of collapsing. I don’t think it ever will but it is strained. And there are those who deserve the help and are finding it difficult to get.
There are more than 7 billion people in the world and each one is an individual. I have beliefs and customs that are mine and I have no right to enforce them on another. Nor do they have the right to enforce their beliefs on me. Even if we disagree. I am a big Star Trek fan and one of the most sacred tenets in the series is ‘The Prime Directive’. I think we should all take note of it:
The Prime Directive is a guiding principle
prohibiting one group from interfering with the internal development of others.
This conceptual law prohibits using superior technology
to impose their own values or ideals on others.
I think we need to listen.
Time on this planet is short and there are those who are taking up too much of it.
Nature has the power to soothe the soul. We need more of it!
I still dream of places with no electricity.
Today is another beginning. Let’s get this one right.
He rode the trails
For days untold
He slept beneath the stars
His pony and his saddle
With justice on his hip
Men were hard
And women true
It was so long ago
The law was in the barrel
A bullet the execution
Was it better then?
Now the cowboy has a pen
Justice slow but true
The pony now is stationery
Tucked into a desk
The stars are hidden
Far from sight
The days are foggy too
Justice now is talked about
And sometimes meted out
But times are slow
And opinions matter
Does Fairness have a chance?
The power of the pen they say
Is swift and it is blunt
But time goes on
And pens run dry
Is it better now?
I live in Canada. It is a first world country. It is large, it is diverse and it is home. When I complain about anything it’s usually about the weather (we have lots of it here!) or perhaps I have a hangnail, maybe a bad night’s sleep where I was up all night watching television. I don’t complain about lack of food or water. I don’t worry about armed thugs breaking down my door and dragging me away to prison. I have a government that protects me and that I respect. It’s not like that everywhere.
I wish I had the ability to protect every child from the horrors that exist throughout the world. I wish I had the power to eliminate wars, famine and abuse. I do not. What I do have is the will to be a part of the solution. There may not be much I can do physically but I can donate to the agencies that are trying to help. I can ensure that my politicians act responsibly to guarantee that we are a country that helps.
We must never lose sight of the need to remember. One of the reasons that history is taught to our children is to ensure that atrocities are never forgotten and that the goodness that has existed in the past is remembered as well. We are not all bad. Some days it’s difficult. I listen to the news and I am appalled. But I have that righteous indignation from a safe place and that makes me sad.
I wonder if I have the right to pass judgment on the atrocities I see on the news. Do I have the right to judge anyone? The news tells us part of the story but I’m convinced that we don’t hear it all. Perhaps there are reasons not made clear that would explain why people do what they do. Would I understand? Perhaps, perhaps not.
I have always lived a privileged life. I have never been wealthy. But I live in a wealthy country. We are by no means perfect but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I have experienced the outdoors first hand through pristine wilderness, clear water and a night sky unblemished by light pollution. I have traveled in my own country and witnessed the incredible diversity of its people and of it’s land. I haven’t seen it all but I know it’s there. I hope it stays intact for the next generation and the one after that and the one after that . . .
Did you know that within the boundaries of Canada there are more freshwater lakes then in the rest of the world combined? If a dome were placed over Canada with nothing getting in or out, our lifestyle would not change significantly. We have it all. But we are not greedy, fortunately. As a people we are known for our kindness and for our sharing. That makes me happy. There are many good people throughout this entire world but sometimes it’s hard to believe it. But I believe. I have faith. We are all in this together and no one gets out alive.
Sorry if this post is a little melancholy but that is how I have been feeling the last few days. See, I wanted to share . . .
Are where it all began
Ideas fester and congeal
It’s really not a plan
Careful planning, some would say
Makes this world go round
Well I am here to say not true
Another way is sound
Someone else has had a thought
A healthy one at that
Give it time to coalesce
And pass the bureaucrat
Do not dismiss a thought not yours
We all can work as one
All it takes is will and heart
Together we’ll have won
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