Isn’t it so funny how our lives can be rocking along quite nicely and then one little something comes along and blows the wind right out of our sails? On the smallest scale, perhaps we are disappointed that we have to work over the weekend and will miss some other activity. Or disappointed that a child misbehaves at school. We tend to pick ourselves up and move on from these minor disappointments. But, on a larger stage, the disappointments are greater and stem from the slow erosion of our value system.
Americans seemingly have no reason ever to be disappointed. If something gets said about it, then we tend to get blasted with comments like, “Well, at least you have a roof overhead, clean water, and food to eat.”
Yes. I do have those things. I have been readily blessed and then some. I have a roof over my head. I have too much food and my closets are bursting. The garage is full of stuff and my mailbox is crammed with catalogues hawking their wares. I have an abundance of cats and my outdoor storage space is bursting with outdoor gear.
Some folks get confused and think if we have enough stuff then everything in our world is OK, but I am not really talking about disappointment in stuff or lack of stuff, but rather disappointment in the behavior of people. The folks who ought to know better.
I am disappointed in people who stand around taking videos and pointing fingers rather than helping the victims and disappointed in people who willingly bend the truth for their 15 minutes of fame on some social media site so they can get more “likes” from the very media which strings out her addicts on daily binges of negativity and hatefulness. It is disappointing to see the glee some get from bashing others in the comments section of their posts, not caring how they sound or who they hurt.
I am disappointed to see some of the wealthiest people in the world scream and rant like two-year olds because they got called for a foul in a game. A foul which they performed with deliberate meanness. I am even more disappointed that these same megalomaniacs get so much attention from social media sites and main stream media. Shoot your girlfriend. That’s Ok because it sells. Beat her up. OK as well. Rape a young girl and ruin her life. Not too much said other than the first shocking details. I am talking about people who have every opportunity and are featured on the world stage on a daily basis as our heroes or sickeningly as models for our youth.
Who wouldn’t be disappointed? We have so many true heroes and yet we stay focused on the few, the disgusting, and the arrogant. And I am not just talking sports. Our world is in upheaval and the brightest and best “leaders” we can scrounge up are making Americans look like laughing stocks. What happened to integrity and honesty as standard bearers for our leaders? What happened to wisdom and careful consideration of others and the impact on their lives? What has happened to common sense?
Daily we celebrate the rude, the vulgar, and the dishonest.
And we wonder how in the world we are supposed to make a choice in November?