I am not well-aged, as I am only 24 years old. I am not wise, in my own opinion. I just force myself to take a step back from time-to-time and take a mental inventory on the problems our country and the world are facing daily, monthly, and yearly and observe both the real and reported reactions of the people these “problems” are affecting.
A few months ago, I read an anecdote from which I’ll spare the details. The basic take-away was that the ultimate and most fundamental problem is simple – the people do not truly care. Take a moment and reflect upon the major events in American history.
When the first settlers of our nation settled this country, why did they come to be here? Was it in the name of exploration or religious freedom? When the American colonists were being taxed by England to the breaking point, did they enter a political stalemate over what to do? When it was generally decided that slavery was cruel and unfair, did the few back down from their cause?
In each of the previous event in history, this is common: The people, not the small percentage of politicians who “vote” on our behalf, stand up and stand out. They stand together and stand strong. These people fought for what they wanted, for what they believed. They refused to continue on under the current situation, whatever it may have been, and forced a change in our country and the world.
What I hear as a young member of today’s millennial generation is a lot of complacency amongst the people, young and old. I hear a lot of folks talk about what changes we will have to make in our own personal situations because of what Congress, the White House, or the Supreme Court tell us we have to do. I hear a lot of people complaining about everything and doing nothing to change their situation. We have been made to live in fear of the laws that we have created. We can point fingers, blame, persecute others instead of loving them, judge, condemn, complain and grumble. Or, we could get up together, remain united and strong, and CHANGE things for the better of everyone.
Let us all remember what we have endured in the past. Let us all think on what we have done in the present. Let us all think of what we desire for the future. Think of your children and your children’s children. We have to fight for what we believe and for what we want. We must do this ourselves. It should be obvious now, more than ever, that we cannot rely on all those that we elect to fight for us. Stand up for what you believe in. Be that crazy person who changes the world.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. Its not.” – Dr. Suess, “The Lorax”
Thursday’s column concerning the Zimmerman trial is an excellent example of an one that should probably never have been written in the first place and certainly not printed on the front page as a news story. This is a case that many people feel should have never been tried and one about which neither side is likely to ever agree. Additionally, the reporter presented only one side of the discussion and quoted numerous things as facts that were contrary to those reported in other media.
The jury has spoken, it is time to move on and let emotions cool.