U.S.A. Evolving

The 2012 presidential election is over, swept up like confetti in the parade of change and movement.  The conservative, religious, wealthy White male was defeated…for the second time.  This seems to be frightening a lot of people.  Our nation was founded and shaped by those types.  Isn’t that what America is supposed to be?  Or is America “The Melting Pot”?  Is evolution, change and movement something to resist, or something to embrace?  Why?

Fear is a powerful agent.  Safety is a motivator.  Primal survival instincts are very active in our social species.  However, the history of the planet shows that species evolve, they change, they adapt to the environment, and they die out.  It’s natural.  Is it acceptable?  Can you accept that your country, your “club” and your family will change?  Elements that may threaten you WILL be introduced.  How do you respond?  How do you want to respond?  Who do you want to be?  The “fighter”?  The “opposer”?  The peacemaker?  The tolerater?  Do you change along with the rest of the Universe…or do you go down stubborn as plastic into the landfill?

You can probably guess my preference.  I want to be mulch.  I believe something beautiful will always grow.

All the best, America!  Be joyful and courageous in change and movement!

Detail: Aldo Leopold’s shack

12 thoughts on “U.S.A. Evolving

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  2. Now if we can only teach a lot more of the populace how to work and give and instead of sit back and take. Unfortunately the current climate is rewarding and expanding the ranks of the takers and those who feel entitled. Can you imagine the millions of people who voted for BO (versus MR) for sole purposes like : “I don’t want MY food stamps to go away”. “I don’t want MY Obama phone to be taken away.” Sure we all have selfish streaks, but do we base our votes on only ourselves or look out for others?

    • That’s a very good question. How many of the wealthiest people in the nation voted to be taxed so that others might be able to obtain unaffordable services? It seems to be a question of HOW we look out for others, and that is a very complicated soup. We all rely on generosity, I think. None of us is independent, none of us is strictly a taker or a giver. Is that generosity likely to be sustaining without legislation? Can we define and ensure some sense of moral fairness in the dispensing of resources? That seems to be what our government was set up to try to do. And we keep trying.

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