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H2O Man

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10. More and more
Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:04 PM
Dec 2015

frequently, when I watch the "news," I find myself remembering the lessons that the Elders taught when I was a kid. And while my childhood was violent and damaging, I find myself thinking about how much worse so many children have it today. Now, I do not discount the many good things that lots of youngsters experience these days -- not everything is bleak. But, in the national sense, there are way too many bad things.

I agree that our society is an oligarchy. We are in the transformation from the industrial era that created a "middle class" post-WW2, to a high-tech feudal society. Among the "upper class," there are far too many who really do not care -- at all -- about the nation's children, much less those of other lands.

Yet, most of the time, I do not feel pessimistic. What is happening today is a consequence of what took place yesterday, and I've learned that for many people, true compassion and empathy only takes place at times of large, tragic events. This isn't good, and it sure as heck isn't "fair" -- but human nature in the context of high-tech feudalism can be distinct from human behavior in other contexts.

Still, I maintain hope. This isn't a Polly-anna-ish attempt to bury my head in the sand, a belief that a Power will come out of the sky to save us, or faith that a "leader" will solve our problems. It is because of the goodness I see in children and youth.

Mid-Night Essay [View all] H2O Man Dec 2015 OP
As the father of four I get what you wrote. panader0 Dec 2015 #1
Thank you. H2O Man Dec 2015 #6
I think your OP could use this - DURHAM D Dec 2015 #2
Sweet Honey in the Rock is possibly the most powerful group of female singers ever Hekate Dec 2015 #3
I wasn't familiar H2O Man Dec 2015 #8
Much appreciated! H2O Man Dec 2015 #7
Great composition...you get an "A" libdem4life Dec 2015 #4
More and more H2O Man Dec 2015 #10
I remember, however, the idealism of the Boomers. We were going to stop wars and libdem4life Dec 2015 #11
Valid, important points. H2O Man Dec 2015 #12
.... libdem4life Dec 2015 #13
Kick and Rec, H2O Man Hekate Dec 2015 #5
Thank you! H2O Man Dec 2015 #14
Thank You Martin Eden Dec 2015 #9
Thanks, Martin Eden! H2O Man Dec 2015 #15
No easy solutions what to do (or not do) about ISIS Martin Eden Dec 2015 #16
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows Are sent forth. voteearlyvoteoften Dec 2015 #17
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