Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Whatever Happened To…? Fact, Fiction & the Good Old Days
By Micky Wolf
Where to begin? We’ve been here before. Too often.
The murder, mayhem, and general madness that seems to pervade our culture these days is deeply unsettling and heart-breaking.
Sadly…Another massacre of innocents. It’s not about whether you condone the lifestyle of those killed, it’s about whether or not we have the compassion to accept each person as created in the image and likeness of God. Whether or not they themselves truly understand the fullness of that gift.
Sadly…More raging and ranting by a politician seemingly hell bent on winning the highest elected office in our land with little or no regard for the respect due that office. Then again, some like it hot.
Sadly…Spending billions on elections, dispensing weapons of war to the mentally unstable, the self-righteously rage-filled. Issuing prescriptions at the corner drugstore for substances once illegal/unavailable and once consumed only by the indifferent, the risk-taker or the rebellious (sometimes one in the same.)
Sadly…you name it, it’s happening somewhere near your neighborhood and mine. If we’re less fortunate, “it” is in the house, or the one next door.
So, has me pondering…
Whatever happened to…?
This is not a whimsical wish list for the “Good Old Days”.
There was a lot that wasn’t so good, even back then. Was that yesterday, last year, two decades before? A hundred years ago?
What we have is—NOW.
We can make different choices beginning this moment. Do we need national tragedies spewed into our faces as a result of the attitudes and behaviors of radicals of any race, creed, or religion to spur us into action?
Maybe we need to take a collective look in the mirror and not be afraid to ask the question.
What can I do this moment, this day, to help make this corner of the world a more loving and compassionate place to live, work, worship, play and pray?
And then go do it.
Welcome to the Good Old Days.