LIFE CLASS 4 (RHETORIC, MIRAGE, and CULTURE)


Life isn’t always what YOU make it

 

 

Every day, I try to re-energize myself.  After reading terrible reviews or seeing horrible television commercials about how one man let down the entire economy by not fulfilling the promises he made – I wish that I could do more to help get the message across that he should have drilled home time and time again:  “REAL CHANGE and SUFFICIENT CHANGE ISN’T GOING TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT!”  Yet, we see what we want to see.  We hear what we want to hear.  We saw History in the making.  We saw CHANGE.  We heard someone wanting to make a difference.  We didn’t hear that we were in more trouble than one man could save us from.  The old American dream was life is what you make it and fades into the ‘America is the land of opportunity’ makes all of us who fear writing a check, for fear that our unemployment check won’t come through by the time the check hits the bank, or fear embarrassment of trying to use our credit card in the grocery store because the bank that we have used for more than twelve years chose to reduce our credit card limit because of our new spending habit, or fear hearing a knock at the door before looking out the window and seeing the Sheriff’s car parked out front of the house you know has been in foreclosure for more than ten months, inadequate.  You are the time-bomb that the politicians that you knew were all wrong for your well-being, but voted for anyway, are banking on failing.  Why shouldn’t they bet against you? – You showed your support for their foe.  But, you continue day after day complaining, griping about everything that you really have complete control over…a single vote that you know you should make and fully support.  Most often, we have friends who have the same culture as we do – the way they think, act, and believe become the main reason we allow them to take up residence in our minds and hearts.  Then suddenly, we hear or feel something that doesn’t sit right with our ego, something that really questions our beliefs and we do absolutely nothing.  And as we continue to do absolutely nothing, matters get worse while issues take the back-burner.  What we have done is we settled on an aesthetic instead of the truth.  We jump ship because the appealing can’t be wrong, that being with the in-crowd will make us better too.  And again, our shame won’t let us admit that we messed up.  We try to make a life for ourselves, but life reminds us that it’s not all about us.  And, if life isn’t all about us, how can it possibly be what we make it?  There are powers-that-be that we put up on a pedestal who fail to hold up their end of the bargain.  However, deep down inside we wish we had gone for the universal message that could have resulted in universal appeal.  The person didn’t change, just our mindset did.   Isn’t this what people like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Iyanla Vanzant tell all of us who listen every day that we should do?  This made me wonder why these motivational speakers never enter the White House.  Is it that they are banned from doing their ‘good work’ on unholy ground?  Will we ever become one of those powers-that-be?  Do we think we still won’t be under the same scrutiny once we rise from the ashes?  The only way I see us really being relevant to the cause of universal love and fulfillment is that we have to form one solid union that will remain impenetrable to anything unethical, discrimination, and segregation.  We’ve tried to build a life for ourselves and those who depend on us – only to be told our leader failed us.  Well, how can anyone fail us if he or she doesn’t have the ‘adequate’ support they need to lead us?  Again, rhetoric at our most vulnerable point makes us easy prey.  But as the prey is prayed upon, they pray for a better day, a better way, a better say, a better tray to present their list of demands on.  Life isn’t always what you make it…especially if you keep giving your cards to somebody who doesn’t really have your best interest at heart.  If only there was a way to energize everybody…

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