Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deep Thoughts Pt. 1

People talk about love and desire, but fear is what really runs this big bad world we live in.  It’s what makes us love, makes us hate, and makes us fight.  We’re scared to be alone, we’re scared to get hurt, and we’re so bloody scared of what we don’t understand.  The fear of things we don’t understand has led to enormous amounts of blood, pain, and death.  The Crusades, the Holocaust, Segregation, DOMA; all things led by fear.  FDR said in his first inaugural address that we have “nothing to fear, but fear itself”.   In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood the things that plagued our nation had nothing to do with anything but our fear.  I wish that was understood today.  He said “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men”.  I don’t think those dark days were worth it if today’s world is anything to judge by.  It’s all about money and power, the need for both dominated by fear.  People don’t live for joy anymore.  They don’t live for peace, love, or the good of humanity.  It makes me wish for superhero’s to be real.  We could use a Superman, a Wonder Woman, or even the ever flawed Batman. 

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