"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
I had lunch last week with a university professor friend where we discussed how her students were responding to the challenges facing our world these days. The impression I got was that some students get interested and would like to do something but don’t because they feel there is nothing they can do. This is worrisome to me as if our best and brightest fail to participate in helping finding solutions to our problems they in effect will be letting others less talented do the job. I feel that when do nothing we leave vacuums that are often filled by those who have agendas that are not in the publics best interest. Before you know it the problem we ignored often becomes a problem that causes us hardship.
It may not be easy but the youth of today are needed more than ever. I think we need to:
- Pay attention. It is so easy these days to fill all of our time leaving no time for us to see what is going on, each of us should set aside time to learn about what is going on in our world. We should take every opportunity we can to be enlightened citizens.
- Think. Far too often we just go with the flow, it is easier to give others the responsibility to think for us and then just accept their conclusions. I think we should often ask ourselves why we believe what we do and then answer the question objectively.
- Say Something. We must not just sit quietly in the corner and stand mute until it is too late, that is what the citizens of Germany did as Jews were being carted away. It is the loss of the little things that lay the foundation for the loss of the bigger things.
- Do something. Get involved, we do need you. What you do may not seem like much, but it is. Great things can happen when people work together, but we have to participate if good things are to happen.
- Be tolerant. Someone recently said that we were in a period of politics by hate. Logic and objectivity go out the window when all we see is others as evil. We need to listen to others and try to understand them. We must not generalize and classify everyone who belongs to one religion, nationality, race, or other classification as always bad, for if we do we will never hear the voice of reason when someone has the courage to stand up.
- Be you. Don’t give your life away to the ideologues for you never know where they may take you.
"An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind."
Steve reminds us:
There is a Hymn for Everyone!!!
Dentist’s Hymn……………….Crown Him with Many Crowns
Weatherman’s Hymn………………There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
Contractor’s Hymn………………….The Church’s One Foundation
The Tailor’s Hymn………………….Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer’s Hymn………………… There’s a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician’s Hymn…………….Standing on the Promises
Optometrist’s Hymn………………..Open My Eyes That I Might See
The IRS Agent’s Hymn…………….I Surrender All
The Gossip’s Hymn…………………Pass It On
The Electrician’s Hymn…………..Send The Light
The Shopper’s Hymn……………..Sweet Bye and Bye
The Realtor’s Hymn………………… I’ve Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop
The Massage Therapists Hymn…. He Touched Me
The Doctor’s Hymn………………….. The Great Physician
AND for those who speed on the highway – a few hymns:
45mph………………..God Will Take Care of You
65mph………………..Nearer My God To Thee
85mph………………..This World Is Not My Home
95mph………………..Lord, I’m Coming Home
"If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners."
I love how the government keeps telling us that the weather affects gasoline prices.
For example, when the weather was rainy and cold, it takes more fuel to heat homes, so the price of oil goes up.
And when the weather is warm and sunny, well, then people take more vacations — they drive further and use more gas.
And the only time weather makes the price go down is when it ‘snows in hell.’ That’s about the only time.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the strong, silent type and the simply stupid type.
The Wonders of God
A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.
Along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.
The boy replied with a bright laugh, "Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle. "The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy, and began to try to open his eyes to the "realities" behind the miracles of the Bible. "That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across."
The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible lying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.
"Wow!" Exclaimed the boy happily, "God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!"
When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’
Sydney J. Harris
I learned a lesson in marketing from a man who bought an old boat, a trailer and a motor from me. "Thanks," he said as he loaded them up. "I’m planning to resell them."
Good luck, I thought. I had been trying to get rid of them for months. But when I ran into him a few weeks later, he’d sold everything.
"How did you manage that?" I marveled.
"I took out an ad: ‘Heavy-duty boat trailer with free boat.’ When the buyer came to get it, I asked if he had a motor. He said no. I told him I happened to have one in my garage. Bought that, too."
"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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