Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there. ~ Philip Brooks
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The following was submitted by an avid Scoop Reader. She asked that I not publish her name, but I can tell you that she is a senior citizen that has seen a lot of changes in the world around us. - Al
Submitted by a Scoop Reader
As I ‘look and listen’ to the many views in our society today, expressing their views concerning many things, the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’ comes to mind:
“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.”
We have just come through an election and it would seem a change in government can do just that… put what is broken together again. Somehow, ‘they’ can now find solutions to healthcare needs, grant more subsidies, open more employment opportunities, and much more. It’s enough to make one’s head spin.
Have we become a society depending on hand-ups of entitlement in the face of so many needs? It would seem, to me, that gone are the days of self-reliance, free enterprise, moral conduct, responsibility, and the like. As a pioneer’s kid, we used to enjoy people and help them out. Now we enjoy things and use people… or so it seems to me.
Our society is full of brokenness… broken homes, broken relationships, broken dreams, broken hearts, broken spirits, broken health, broken people… many of them are young. A government can try and put a Band-Aid on the problems, but can they really solve them?
Being of ‘the old school’ I tend to agree that “we all need to take a good look in the mirror” and evaluate. I think Jack Kennedy gave good advice, “Ask what you can do for your country, not what your country can do for you.” You can also ask what you can do for yourself.
We know that much of society wants to do what is right according to their ‘God-given’ conscience. Others choose to do what they themselves feel is right. We all make choices every day. But there are so many
divisive issues in our culture that affect families, neighbours, towns, cities, and even our nation. Governments are bombarded by these
issues. The elected members are just like you and I. Very human, trying to serve the best they are capable of. We consistently ask of them to change laws to accommodate our wants. Years ago, I learned ‘I don’t break the law, the law breaks me’. That was when the laws were fixed and sound judgements were made.
Today, I find it a compliment when someone tells me I’m too narrow-minded. I totally agree. When I stopped judging and learned how to analyze and evaluate, I took control of my own life and chose to build a very happy and meaningful one. As I considered consequences of actions, a value system was clarified. Every choice has a rippling effect on others. I had to consider this in decision making. Could it be we held the solutions to many of the problems we face in society and our individual lives today? It was our choice to give up that control over time. Our choice to ask governments to do it for us.
“Sow a thought, you reap an action. Sow an action, you reap a habit. Sow a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, you reap a destiny.”
We all need to sow the right seeds to reap the desired harvest… just ask any farmer.