Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The World We Live In

School bus accidents, gunmen in colleges, gunmen in retail clothing stores, bridges collapsing, untreatable and fatal staph infections - is there any good news out there today? It's sad that this is the world we live in - this is the world in which we're raising our children.
I used to think my generation - Generation X they called us - was so fortunate. We lived in a prosperous time, we had all this new technology and we knew how to use it and use it to our advantage. They keep telling us that social security will dry up with the baby boomers, and we are the first generation that will never be more well-off than our parents, but I still thought we were doing pretty well. After all, our parents, just a generation away witnessed some tough times - World War II for instance - where supplies were rationed, things we take for granted - meats, sugar, coffee - could only be acquired a little at a time. Now our meats are contaminated. We know of war. We know war with weapons only dreamed about 50 years ago. We fight wars where the "enemy" doesn't even really pose a threat to our everyday life.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is why does it feel like we are on a one way ride right into a brick wall? It seems like the bad news comes so fast and furious, and it's accelerating and I really don't see an end to it. Are we going to get to the point where we are afraid to leave our homes, to put our children on the school bus, to go to the the richest and most prosperous nation on earth? It's sad. I don't want to feel like this. I love this country, I love the people in it and I love the freedom we have - I don't want to feel this way!

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