Re: THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
Lois Stewart (Loisanel@DICKSONSTREET.COM)
Fri, 12 Jun 1998 20:23:33 -0500
Now, how in the world did you get from my posting that I believe we are
poor in spirit? Yes, we are a rich society, in BOTH goods and spirit. The
"toys" we have give us MORE time and energy to spend with our families and
with our "fellow men" and Americans have taken advantage of that to improve
the state of ourselves and of other countries. Although it seems as if we
have less of the "spiritual" good things it is only because there are
always more things to do. This would be true no matter what our material
state. It is simply a way of looking at things. My mother's family were
sharecroppers and my father's father was a shoe repairman. Their material
goods were few, BUT they were neither more nor less happy then my own
family. They lived, they worked, they laughed, they cried - Just as we do.
"The Good Old Days were not any better than today. In fact, they were
often much worse.
>many of us have fallen into the old trap where
we measure our worth by our possessions. <
By the way "keeping up with the Jones's" was a phrase from the 1950's. And
even in Bible times, people were "slaves to possessions". What makes us
I strongly object to the attitude that says we should be ashamed to be
rich. We are rich and there is nothing wrong with that. We should be proud
of our accomplishments in all areas - even in raising the standard of
living. There will always be people both richer and poorer than ourselves -
"rich" being a relative term.
>our wealth is a blessing from God because we are good people, <
Not to sound irreligious, I don't think God has anything to do with our
standard of living. It has far more to do with living in a land that is
blessed with abundant natural resources and more than our share of brave,
This, too, is a relative term. Americans, today, have no real concept of
the meaning of destitution. And because of Americans, few nations in the
world know what destitution really is.
>Next time your dual income family is stuck in
a traffic jam, ask yourself, if this is better.<
Better yet, next time remember your parents who had only one car for the
whole family, or your grandparents who rode a horse, or walked anywhere
they wanted to go.
As a teenager, I complained about the rickety old car I drove, until my Dad
described the way to care for horse and buggy each time you rode in it. I
complained about the food in school until my mother mentioned the year her
family ate beans all winter, because it was the only food they had.
The "I walked both ways to school, uphill, through ten feet of snow" has
become a joke and a skit to entertain Pack meetings, but it has a basis in
fact. It is an attempt by the older generation to show the younger
generation just how blessed they are.
Don't knock your wealth. Don't knock your country. And above all else,
don't knock yourself.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City