I don’t know if it is me, or the times.
I have observed that I am less & less inclined to attempt to ‘stay on top of things’, politically. It’s too much. Even just glancing at my emails makes me instantly tense anymore. Do I really need to know all this? Or do I? It isn’t up to me to accurately assess national & international crises. I’m not a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, or the Intelligence Committee. No one needs to know my opinions, and none of the outcomes are my call. Yet it seems wrong to not be at least aware of the major happenings of the day in this extraordinary land I call home.
It’s a dilemma.
Is it just me, or is it the times? What is really going on? I’ve learned enough, over the last 5 years of writing & publishing on this site, to have reached a saturation point where current events are concerned. I can’t absorb anymore right now. I may need to do something with what I already know, but I also think I need to monitor what new information I let in.
Where are we going wrong? What is happening in this country? What did God intend for America? What was in His mind, and can we still do anything about that?
Issues are so complex. There are no simple solutions. It would seem that some matters would be black & white, matters of morality, or security, but there is law and there is grace. Drawing a line may not be the Godly move. Motive is everything. Substance trumps form, does it not?
Barbara Walters was David Letterman’s guest tonight, and they were discussing various well-known international leaders, mainly dictator types. She demonstrated knowledge, class and compassion. Yet she too expressed her quandary with the times. Wrapping up a summation of a current world situation, Ms. Walters declared that she didn’t even know what she was saying. Trying to describe the realities of the times brought her to a standstill.
I feel exactly the same way these days. Even as I begin to form a thought or opinion, it fizzles out. There is no point. I don’t say this by way of despair or fatalism. Not at all. But when I was watching one of the last government shutdown news broadcasts – before it was ‘resolved’ – for the first time, I felt a disgust with Washington, DC. Suddenly, to me, the whole kit & caboodle of ’em were disgusting. I’ve seen this sentiment many times in online forums and comments, but I’ve never believed it to be true. Until now.
Is it just me? Or is it the truth of the times?
Donald Trump was also a Letterman guest recently. He emphatically volunteered the information that all of them up there on Capitol Hill dislike each other, can’t stand each other. Trump has been around the block many times; I would trust his input on a matter like this.
So where does it go from here?
I can only see one solution for this country. More than ever there needs to be the planting of the seeds of knowledge of our Constitution, and of the heritage of America, still beautiful. This has to happen. Whether it is done from your home or in the classroom, through computer screen or the pages of a book, while in a church or in a university – it has to happen.