Hating on government is a self-fulling prophecy

  • and a vicious cycle: Govt is slower-moving because democracy and consensus take longer than hierarchy and command/control -->
    • ergo we hate gov for its "inefficiency" (we're especially impatient as Americans)
    • ergo we don't participate in government
    • ergo govt continues to be terrible because we are not in it, making it better
  • BUT WE ARE GOVERNMENT
    • we the people
    • are so quick
    • to invoke things like the 2nd Amendment as a weapon against each other (f'real f'reals)
    • but whoever mentions...
    • WE THE PEOPLE???
  • Our community is our responsibility
    • Our communities large and small are our responsibilities
    • Some might even say we're citizens of the world
    • Yet we barely know our neighbors
    • Or who we could turn to in a crisis
    • And crises come what may.
  • America is a land (mostly) of takers, not givers.
    • It wasn't always this way
    • Always there were robber barons...
    • But also there were fireside chats and town halls and civic organizations
    • Citizens arrayed around each other instead of around screens
    • Finding passion and skill in hobbies and helping
    • In creating things for pleasure and utility
      • That didn't need to massively scale and exponentially profit to survive
  • Big govt and big business are the twin demons
    • Trotted out each election cycle
    • Each to blame the other
    • For all our ills
    • No.
    • We are the ills.
    • With our indifference, our eyes off the ball
    • Our stubborn insistence that Someone Else Take Care of the Problems
    • I'm busy!!!!!!!
    • ...trying to make a living and have a family and eke out a few pleasures here and there
    • ...or flaunting my wealth and success in the face of others
    • Don't bother me!!!!!
    • Everyone else to blame.
  • We are out of balance.
    • Grasping at the straws of our undoing
    • Blaming one side or the other
    • Failing to recognize the need for harmony.
    • Peace in the struggle to find peace.
    • BALANCE.