I was sitting in the gym getting ready to work out when a elderly regular walked into change. he made a few comments about the mass shooting in el Paso and then went off with more comments that had me stop and listen, and then ask, “when did you become so afraid of people? “
it was a sincere question, as I am watching the country go into what I consider that path of insanity where what once was insane somehow becomes normal. in the area of school shooting and any mass type shooting, I am amazed it is even tolerated and talked about. it is somehow like the news media is chasing the ambulance along with the lawyers.
the nation has some problems. it always will. what is different this time around is that if someone makes a comment about a problem. it is met with a pushback from any of the other thousand special interest groups or causes feeling their issue is more important.
it might be simplistic, but what happened to common sense or the golden rule, “treat your neighbor as you wish to be treated?’
oh, that's right, the country has gone on some narcissistic bend and there is a lot of folks missing stability in life and going crazy. the solution has been to medicate them and forget about the root of the issue – unhappiness.
why are so people unhappy? I don't’ really know anymore. perhaps we have created a society that is based on material consumerism that has shifted away from actual relationships with our fellow human being?
but when I thought about the man’s comment in the gym. I didn’t know if he was simply upset at the moment? or if he really was that afraid deep down to count the exits and explain why he positioned himself at certain exercise machines…based on the lunacy of someone else.
it appears that is where the country is based these days. fear and paranoid have taken the idea of the land of the free and the home of the brave and created the land of the scared and home of the afraid to a new level.
where is any freedom in that?
those in power are probably sipping a drink somewhere and smiling, “the ROI on our investments should be great this year!” the average person is too blind and scared looking at the giant shadow on the wall and not the tiny object creating the big shadow.
we have spent trillions of dollars on some ideology outside of the borders, yet, inside, we are slowly rotting ourselves into fear, insecurity, and the idea that insanity is somehow normal. just my two cents, written a bit in disbelief as I realize the depth of fear in people. why do we carry this stuff? what will it help?