My concept of the world comes from the intimately small parcel of it I have seen and experienced coupled with social influences encountered at the most impressionable age. It was the age at which my brain was programmed to encounter the world outside my bubble quiet often resulting in a grand detonation of the comfortable, safe place I and others carved out for me. Here in the land of the free, the culturally enlightened and selectively ignorant we do not even know one another. Worse yet, we have given up trying.
I believe that forces mortal men and women cannot begin to comprehend battle for our souls. I also know that because I express that belief some will label me as a weak minded nitwit who believes in myths and fairy tales of supernatural beings warring for souls. On the other hand, I cannot fathom that our world just happened. That something came from nothing. I have faith in what I believe. I believe I am in this world, but not of this world. My beliefs do not make me any more special than anyone. They are just my beliefs. I endorse the golden rule – “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That does not mean that I must accept what my neighbor believes or what my neighbor does only that within the law he is free believe and do as he chooses. It only means that I wish the same good life for my neighbor as I wish for myself. I entered this world with nothing and will leave it the same way. I am just passing through here, barely a blink in the breadth of human history.
E Pluribus Unum. In our country, hailed as the place where many views, cultures, religions, colors and creeds can come together and form one exceptional nation of free people we are failing. It is something each of us need ponder because our failure to come together as the one exceptional place – the only one – on this great ball hurling through space we will experience the loss of the place offering the last great hope for humankind. We have already partitioned ourselves into regions, rigid thought and thought blindly beholden to groupthink.
Why is it we cannot come together and live up to our national motto? Out of many, one. There are a myriad of reasons, but the most obvious is right before us. Some who read this will not attempt to understand how I believe or the principles that guide my life or even care for that matter. Instead, they will choose to denigrate me for my beliefs and most of them will never know me as a man. They have been programmed to believe a certain way and simply cannot accept that anyone should view the world differently. More disheartening than that are people who profess to share my beliefs and react the same way toward others. How can the great many become the great one if instead of attempting civil discussion we set out to denigrate, silence and destroy anyone who does not believe as we do?
At our institutions of higher learning we see people rioting to shut down a speaker who refuses to sing to their choir – anyone who dares offer a different view. How can one consider himself learned if he is unable to use the gift of reason or critical thought to even consider a different view? Every day in our government, we witness people trying to destroy one another, stifle ideas, crush political opponents and it is all because of their childish driven need for it to be their way or no way.
I know. That is how the world and democracy works. Right? No. That is how it fails.
© 2017 J. D. Pendry