Townhall Finance – Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill… I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together… -Meditations Marcus Aurelius
I find speaking to people all the time, from all walks of life, that people are wearier of other people, which really means, they are weary of themselves, their community and the country. We don’t consciously think there are ungrateful, treacherous, envious or uncharitable people lurking around each corner, but the fact is by the time that first cup of coffee is polished off; we are reminded there are flaws and flawed people in our world.
The thing is these days, it’s those folks on pedestals that often have these flaws and let us down.
It’s easy to say don’t let them bring you down. It’s noble to say they are my brothers and I cannot be angry for we are all in this together, even if they are plotting against my self-interest. We actually try to take the upper road, but each letdown leaves an emotional scar and state of hesitation. Earlier in the week, I referenced a report on global prosperity that ranked the United States outside of the top ten. The part that confounded me most was the notion we are a nation that has lost trust.
Since that report, there has been scandal (Lance Armstrong & Manti Te’o) and saber rattling (President Obama & NRA) and the spreading of ignorance. There is no working together (I’m very disappointed an ungodly massacre by a lone madman opened the door for the demonization of a millions of law-abiding Americans by the most powerful forces in the country). With this cloud hanging over our heads, it’s no wonder this has become a dropout nation – a nation where hope fades as the clanging swords of discord get louder and louder.