As I noted on the home page, there seem to be two Americas right now -- one  which stands on the Judeo-Christian heritage, tradition, and history, and another that wants to redefine history in the cracked lens of a Marxist viewpoint. You might find these characterizations a bit trite or oversimplified, and you might think that the other various cultures and systems should be a part of the equation, but the really big forces that drive most of history come down to the duality of those that want to live as God would wants us to live (to the best of their ability and understanding of what they discover and what God reveals to them), and those that want man to be the end all and be all for all of life's issues and demands. 

Either God is God, or man is god.  The really big, useful ideas in history were, at their root, as simple as this.  And the simplicity of the Judeo-Christian heritage is the sacrificial love of God toward man, boiled down then to the very idea that one can and should emulate God, placing others ahead of himself in importance in life, and that this is a viable and even desirable way to live.  This outlook leads to courtesy and compassion and a diminished ego.  It also leads to more successful societies and institutions that thrive as teams and families so long as they realize we are all in this together and so long as they remember and honor their roots (aye, there's the rub).  It is a society grounded in service to others and non-judgmental compassion, understanding that "there but for the grace of God go I." 

Granted, this society has not always been successful, but not because of a flaw in the foundation on which it stood.  Rather, it (we) failed when we succumbed to our innate base urges or desires, rather than maintaining our higher ideals and being true to those ideals, even when that correspondence to the ideals required sacrifice on our part or setting right obvious wrongs.  At those points, we lost touch of the very concepts  that we claimed to live by, when we let human desire for profit or fear of the unknown drive us instead of the more noble ideals that gave us the best of our history and achievements. 


And it is a validation of those ideals that we got through the worst struggles in our country's history and remained intact as a nation.  It was the idea that all are created equal that gave the moral foundation for and made inevitable the ultimate struggle of brother against brother.  And it was the same idea that eventually pulled us back together in a common cause, reconciling us together in the fight against the evils of this world in other countries.  It was this idea that drove Martin Luther King, Jr., in his valiant struggle for real civil rights, not just "separate but equal".   He understood the same as our founding fathers that these rights are from God and come from our innate equality and infinite value before God. These rights are not from men and are not to be filtered down or sliced up to fit the comforts of any particular segment of our society -- which leads us to the other America where certain people believe they have a better system than God.

This other America is one which sees everything as a class struggle and makes everything, therefore, a power play.  Power (not love) is the driving force.  One must have this power in order to set right some vaguely-defined or definitionally-suspect wrong.  It is the thinly veiled politics of envy.  If you have more than I, then you must have wrongfully gained your possessions through deceit or trickery, because in all "perfect" societies, everyone has equal amounts of money, possessions, prestige or power.  Sounds rather bland, right?  Everyone has the exact same as everyone else.  Who determines that this is the ultimate goal and why do they think this is even morally or practically desirable?  Human beings do not naturally desire equal-ness, sameness, blandness.  Rather, they are inspired by the unique, sometimes exotic, differences of each other and are driven by the newer, bigger thing, the greater idea, the more marvelous possibility that lies just around the bend or just out of reach.  So the human imagination always strives for something greater, more exciting, and more wonderful, rather than the blandness of equal things and equal situations.  Such a world could only be desirable for the unimaginative, the slothful, maybe even for the average paranoiac whose unwarranted fears are based on the belief that everything important in this universe rests solely on human effort.  But, due to the infinitely unique mix of our temperaments and personalities, it is rare that human beings would even share the same picture of this grand, possible future that we strive for.  So, this "one size fits all" philosophy does not even match reality let alone human nature.

Here's the kicker, too.  Just as Orwell's Animal Farm satirically exposed the eventual elitism of such systems of equality, so too do our own American versions of this insane political philosophy also lift up the elites to freely enjoy themselves at our expense.  You wouldn't have to look too far for evidence of this in the current administration of our executive branch.  The name of Marie Antoinette has been offered up in rhetorical comparison to the habits of our well-meaning first lady.  Not too far from the mark.  

So...you decide.  One America holds the greater promise of good things but the path will always be challenging as the good and valuable things in life always are.  Or one holds the unchallenged and unproven promise of a possible utopia where one might have an easy, effortless, bland life.  Sounds a lot like the old promise of the Lotus-Eaters.

 
 


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Education is the main source of the collecting data and information, in which we can say that the way of the getting knowledge and information from the different ways like, books, internet, newspapers, news, radio and television as well.

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08/20/2017 3:23am

Ever since, we all the fact that people have been divided in so many ways. We have different nationalities, we are different in terms of skin color, age, and we are separated by our respective beliefs. These differences are the reasons why humanity cannot achieve unity completely. It may be heart breaking to hear, but that's the reality of life! But despite all of these, let's all choose to be good at one another!

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12/14/2017 12:54am

I never had a chance to visit America, but I will go in future for sure.

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America is the super power country in this world. We should learn from them.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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