I have been watching the news lately and this morning I asked myself this question…What are we learning?
I am confused by the world today. I am confused that people are starving and dying in this world right now and yet we spend over a million dollars to have a man tightrope across Niagara Falls. I don’t understand how we spend billions of dollars on beauty products and diet schemes while discussing how the people in need somehow deserve or asked for their plight. Yet we give billions of dollars to banks and companies and the richest people in the world- through tax cuts and bail outs. The people receiving this money have no problem with taking huge bonuses while whole communities are downsized out of jobs. Those who are downsized soon become people in need, and the rest of society who have all the comforts of life feel bad for them but have nothing more than a few tax deductable donations and some old stuff from their basement to give. It would have been awesome if all the people that “Occupied” some place had found some way of serving while there…why not occupy a Habitat for Humanity build and spend the three months building houses for those who are in need or set up a coleman stove and feed the people who have nothing to eat that are actually living in the park that was taken over by protestors.
I don’t understand how millions die because they don’t have access to the medications and medical attention they need yet we spend our research time and billions of dollars on creating medication to help lose a few pounds or become aroused when you want. Our pimple prevention seems more important than saving lives. I don’t understand how we as humans have the medication sitting in pharmacy warehouses to stop deadly diseases that are killing millions but we won’t give it to them because of money.
I don’t understand how creating a movie that costs millions of dollars for people to spend millions of dollars to see it- is more a priority to us than spending the money to stop violence that is an epidemic in society. Our entertainment gets more violent, more self endulgent, more risque with each production and yet we wonder why society is spiraling downhill. A child is murdered and the criminal gains celebrity status. A child goes missing or is abused and we feel bad as society but let the abuser away with a slap on the wrist. Children are suffering, elderly are neglected, society is falling apart and yet some Jersey Shore stars pregnancy status is more important to us than doing something to help another. What are we learning as a society by watching a bunch of party animal, loose moraled addicts taking over the media?
The happiest people I know are the ones who spend their lives helping others. The most rewarding experiences in my life have been from acts of kindness. It is hard to feel gratitude and anger at the same time. I am grateful for the people in this world who dedicate their lives to helping others. I am grateful for those who sacrifice their lives for others, who have learned to be selfless and have given the ultimate price. I am grateful for the people in this world that have learned the truly important things in life. I am grateful for those who teach these things to others through example and word.
Here are some things I am grateful to others for learning, and sharing their wisdom