The older I get the more I realize the importance of love. What is life without love? Sex may be fun with multiple partners, but sex is the best when it is with someone we love.
I have been thinking a lot recently about love. Not just romantic love, but love in general. So much of our world seems so harsh and brutal: broken families, broken communities, broken countries. So much of it can be traced back to a lack of love among people. A family is broken when a spouse strays, when the need for selfish satisfaction conquers the need for selfless giving. A community is broken when the members no longer have a sense of responsibility towards each other, and everyone acts merely in their own self interest, or at least they do so to an extreme. A country is broken when violence and power seeking become the norm for human interactions. Of course I know this all simplistic; yet one of the things I have seen over and over again in these situations of brokenness is a lack of true empathy, care and concern for others, and even love. Perhaps this is human nature, most likely it is, but we are not fatalistically bound to our baser instincts. It is good to be aware of them, but we need not be slaves to them.
Ferdinand Bardamu has good piece today on many of the ills in our country. http://www.inmalafide.com/2011/01/19/the-rise-of-generation-zero-part-1-everything-you-know-is-wrong/ To my perspective, the financial mess in this country was caused for the most part by people’s greed and lack of concern for their actions and the consequences that would bring to our society. Rather, the ethos seemed to be to get as much as one could, and the hell with the rest. The Wall Street crowd created a system where they could benefit as much as possible at the expense of everyone else. Our government seemed to be their enablers. “Too big to fail” became the mantra. “Too big to fail” ? What, would the sun not rise the next day if a big company on Wall Street failed? Who knows. All I know if people acted that way and got away with it once, they will do it again. When white collar criminals know the government will protect them, they will do the same thing time and time again. And it seems increasingly that our government is owned and controlled by gigantic corporations and Wall Street businesses. These are not institutions that care for people; they only care about making money for themselves. Our shrinking middle class is a testament to that. Perhaps we need a new Teddy Roosevelt?
Well enough of this…I am straying into areas I know little about. It is just what I see with the financial crisis of the last few years was a crisis brought about by a lack concern for others. In a certain sense, a lack of love. People’s lives have been damages by the greed and selfishness of others.
Of course we can only really practice love on a small level, with a few people we may know. But that does not mean we cannot keep the well being and welfare of those we are not close to, or those we don’t know at all, outside of our thoughts. We need to start thinking more of our families, our communities, the things we love. Perhaps if we do, things might improve in our world. Perhaps there will be a little less greed and bad behavior.
But back to love, and one of my favorite things, romantic love…but I will have to save that for another post.
The world *IS* crazy! There’s no money anymore for even basic needs that we take for granted. The police (officers, not the band) 🙂 are being asked to turn in their badges because there isn’t money to pay them. A few weeks ago a lady rear-ended me, and when I called the police the dispatcher said that even though there was damage to the car, they wouldn’t come unless some one was injured at the scene. Maybe that’s not a big deal but I thought it was strange.
All this stuff has been bothering me too, so last night I looked up to see how long the Great Depression lasted: about 10 years or so. Yikes.
Racer X said:
Yeah, a lot of things going on today are quite troubling. I think we are facing a period on our history unlike any other, except during the Depression. There just seem to be so many problems out there, so many things looming over the horizon, with no real solution to them. Then add the fragmentation of society to it all, and, well, it sometimes seems like a bleak picture.
Still, I think we have to have hope. I am only one person but rather than simply curse what is wrong with the world, I am going to do what I can to try and improve things, in whatever small way I can. For me, a renewed and deepened faith in God is essential for this.
johnny five said:
racer — you may want to check out this post, in which i riff a bit about this very topic.
johnny five said:
rebekah — do you live in a smaller town? i don’t think city cops have responded to such non-injury incidents for decades.
in fact, many city PD’s now have an explicit policy of not investigating non-injury hit-and-runs, vehicle burglaries, and (non-robbery) thefts, and have instituted an “online reporting” system for such crimes so that officers don’t personally have to handle them.
I agree that faith, which fosters hope, really helps in hard times. I think the solution you referenced is the most troubling aspect. It doesn’t seem like anyone has a really clear plan — at least that’s unanimously agreed upon. I know absolutely nothing about all of this, other than the ramifications I see personally, but it feels disturbing that so much seems unsure.
The town is not that small. I knew the option was available to report certain things via forms and online, but it’s usually not an issue to request a police officer. It’s been announced on the news locally that there aren’t enough officers to respond, barring serious crimes, and even in those situations the response time has increased. Crime is up (perhaps partially due to the economy?) and now it seems there are fewer law enforcement to handle it.
In my situation, the insurance company said that when the police are not called, it makes it much easier for the other person to contest the accident, which was a concern.
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Racer X said:
Thanks for the comment but I did not get the link. Perhaps you could try again? I am interested in reading it.
Yeah, I don’t have any answers for these problems either. I guess the important thing for me is to develop better relationships with those I care about, my local community, then broaden it from there…
And I can’t believe police are no longer responding to accidents. This must be creating a lot of havoc with insurance, since there is no objective third party to speak the truth when an accident occurs.
johnny five said:
racer — click the words “this post”.
if that doesn’t work, click my name, it’s the top post right now. in fact, the first post i’ve had time to write in about six months. heh
Teddy Roosevelt! Now there was a man. We won’t see his like in American politics again. From now on it’ll just be cronies and empty suits and clueless buffoons. I really don’t see the U.S. turning itself around in time to prevent collapse. A shame.
Racer X said:
Thanks, got the post!
No doubt that men like Roosevelt are rare today, and would never be able to get elected. America was quite different 100 years ago. But then again all countries pretty much were…
I wish people would start thinking more about American nationalism rather than globalism. Businesses don’t care about a nation, they only care about making money.
I was thinking today how different the U.S. is from Russia or China. The Russians, despite their hardships, love being Russian, love the land they live on, love the earth they inhabit. “Holy Mother Russia” was their mantra while they fought off the Germans in WWII. The Chinese are also very nationalistic.
It is unnatural for people not to love the earth they inhabit. Yet that is our attitude in this country. We need to love our land, our country, and start thinking like this, and not like an entity in an abstract global corporation.
I see a future post on this…