Hello People and Peoplettes :-P
And welcome to November.
October went out with a BIG BANG. Ouch!
Hurricane Sandy hit the North East pretty hard, though the brunt of it was felt just South of us in NY and NJ.
I couldn't believe the size of that thing. I am still seeing the devastating pictures on the news and my heart goes out to all those people hit so hard.
I feel fortunate that we escaped relatively unscathed by comparison.
Despite the heartbreak, I am always amazed at the overwhelming generosity of people as they pull together in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts. That is always an uplifting eye-opener at our capacity for caring. For at least a little while all the petty differences are put aside - wouldn't it be something if we could keep that mindset permanently...
Clearly we are capable of overcoming stubborn squabbles when we are touched with so much compassion; it really puts things in focus.
I was glad to see politics take time out - both presidential candidates postponed rallies while focusing attention on those in need of help - good for them.
I'll be glad when the election is over; it's so tiresome listening to all the negative ads - wouldn't that be something if a law was passed stating that you can only tout your record, pointing out your good qualities and talking about why people should vote for you - no smearing!
We get so overwhelmed with all the negative press it's hard not to feel depressed about our country when so much garbage is being flung around all day every day - enough already!
This is one of the problems with a two party system. We are so hung up on the party that the average American gets stepped over.
When we rebuild after the hurricane do we take care of the Republicans first or the Democrats...and so why shouldn't we consider the whole country in the same way. It's idiotic to be drawing lines between parties when clearly everyone needs to pitch in, clean up and rebuild.
Thank you, I appreciate your vote. :-P
Maybe I'm just over-simplistic, but it seems to me the problems are obvious, the solutions are just as obvious, so why are we still debating?
Everybody should just pitch in and get it together - that is our strength. And if you have any doubt as to whether it would work, look to every disaster we have faced and overcome TOGETHER.
Well, that's me on my soapbox, the simple man with a simple plan. :-P
Be well all, hold each other a little tighter and continue to move forward.
Peace and love,
Daniel Van de Bogart
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Norfolk, MA 02056
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Maybe I've grown somewhat cynical since then because it seems that when we tackle crisis, it all seems like a giant united front while the cameras are rolling. The minute they are diverted to the next disaster, interest falls off. As I child, I caught my first glimpse of this craving for sensationalism, to be noticed doing something good as if without the notice, it's just not as worthwhile. I'm as repulsed by it now as I was then.
I don't think we've ever lived in such selfish times as we do now. There's no demographic for it though...I've seen it in the young, the old, the rich, the poor, both political parties, atheists and religious zealots. We believe we're entitled to what another person has, whether we worked or sacrificed for it as they did. We are so easily offended...as if it were a god-given right to have the world exist to placate us. Technology imprisons us while giving us the illusion of free time, easier access to what we desire and cloaking us each in anonymity.
The reason mankind will fail utterly, unless it wakes up (and I'm optimistic about that really)is because it always takes the path of least resistence. I mean sure...there are individuals out there...those people that don't quite fit the accepted norm and find their own path instead...but they are becoming a rare bird. If that day should ever come when the species becomes extinct...then we are all doomed.
But I don't think that will happen. I truly think that the scales will start to tip again...as they tend to do when we reach one extreme or another. I would love to be alive to see it...I have a feeling that the opposite of "me" is "we" and won't that be something?