Archive for March 9th, 2014

America: Stuck In The Driveway

March 9, 2014

America: Stuck In The Driveway

It was winter 2014 in Indiana and it had snowed for days in my cozy wooded neighborhood. My ailing neighbor was stuck at the end of his driveway, with all but the front tires of his car out in the street. There was a very narrow path around his back bumper for cars to get through. It wasn’t a big emergency, but something had to be done.

I did the best I could to free him, but he was hard stuck. Cars passed by and no one stopped to help us. A neighbor pulled into his house two doors down, but he did not help. A young lady came out across the street to shovel her driveway. She did not help. I finally asked her if she would lean against the front of the car as I pushed, she cheerfully pitched in. A young man came out from the young lady’s house, cleaned of his car windows and left. He did not offer to help.

My ailing friend and I commiserated, “in the old days people helped each other, things have sure changed!”  

Finally, a man in an old pick-up stopped and tried to help us, to no avail. He was a working man, maybe in his 50’s, dressed in working man’s clothes and  clearly used to physical labor. He was a comforting reminder of past better times.

There are many things about modernity that work against people helping others. Mothers and fathers both work and/or they are commonly divorced. So there is too often no one home to teach the children to take care of themselves, let alone take care of their neighbors and fellow citizens.

Modern technology, cell phones, computers, note pads, etc., have helped to isolate children from social play and interdependence. I think more importantly, for generations an increasingly socialized government has provided for more and more of our needs. As a result, people learn to look to the government and its agencies for countless goods and services rather than themselves, or each other.

Our dramatically changed cultural philosophy and form of government has significantly contributed to the increasing social isolation within our population. It has also increased our isolation one from another, by emphasizing our differences (race and ethnicity, gender, religion, politics and socioeconomic status, etc.,) thus stimulating conflict, alienation and isolation among America’s citizens.

We must destroy the source of our great undoing. Rise-up and vote the progressives/socialists/communists in both parties out of office.

Wake-Up America!

VTM, 3/9/12

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