Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Age of Greed and Narcissism

Clear water of the Wakulla River, yet alligators sun on the shore
The Age of Greed and Narcissism is bound to be the label future writers lay upon our times. The favored few float easy upon their boon of corporate welfare (NAFTA, GATT, WTO) while the rest of the country continues to dodge the detritus assaulting them (loss of jobs, homes, and health insurance as a consequence of their greed and the politicians who sold out their constituents for a "mess of potage"). Those decisions resulted in the 2008 economic debacle and yet the bail out went to the Wall Street fat cats that caused the problem. Self-absorbed personalities in this group remind me of District 1 of Panem in the Hunger Games, without honor, dignity, any sense of responsibility, yet with a singular claim to -- not personal morality-- but social justice -- a finger in the air to see what is current wisdom -- then hailed as heroes for indulging in another round of public introspection and revelation, always seeking the public adulation of a television audience and social media.

Meanwhile, the average American struggles to find a job that will support a family, to keep their family together with a roof over their heads, to feed their children. Many fight honorably to keep America free.

So today I praise the men and women who honor their vows, who put family first, who honor God without attempting to make Him into their own image. They will probably not be appear on television because their lives are full and focused on what really matters.

Sadly we look more and more like the time written of in the Bible when "All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes." Judges 21:25

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