HOW OFTEN DO WE NEED TO BE REMINDED?
when seduced to complacency, seeks having things instead of doing life. Those
who do not exude integrity of purpose to their circumscribed now, seek comfort
and recognition in some “branded” moment as if something inanimate possesses a
living intent. It is “Pants on the ground looking like a fool” all over again.
coincidental pride – one that takes an ownership role in what is eternally and
existentially already there – is the only honest response to a life that is
already here. When a person becomes personally responsible for their own life there
will naturally be a sifting and a winnowing of abilities: Mine is mine and
yours is yours. Wishing and whining will not alter the course of history.
And if there is a
case in which a person or persons cannot do for themselves then there must be
both individual and corporate assistance in a case by case, reviewed-over-time,
manner. Always remaining close enough to the source of the need to be able to
garner sufficient facts to understand the reality of the moment leads to a
greater understanding of the facts of the matter.
Note: I did not
say governmental assistance – except in those extreme natural or man-made
catastrophes that merit participation by local, state and federal entities, and
then only in a timely fashion – with a beginning and an end. Waiting for bureaucracies
to respond to a life and death need only works in the exception: a courageous
smart-enough loving friend who knows what is going on, the police, the firemen,
There is that
childhood story about crying wolf too often. When did we begin to accept that
miming childish behavior would merit someone else’s attention?