What a beautiful day.

Friends,

Every now and then, I just remind myself that today is great.

I still am six-foot above ground instead of six-foot below ground. So, I can have a positive impact upon the world around me, and I hope, I can positively influence America before it is a doomed country.

I still am an American. No. Actually, I am still a Texan. Texas is where the free immigrate to now. They are fleeing Los Angeles and New York at extremely fast rates.

I cannot blame them. LA is especially a rotten town. Overpriced. People cannot afford housing. It is common for me to meet someone here who tells me they got a pay raise when they left california.

Come to think of that, I got almost a 100% pay raise when I left and headed back home to Texas.

It is over-polluted. Over-crowded. Over-taxed. Over-socialized. Over-experimented upon.

Sadly.

They bring their social problems (the results of their social experiments) with them ….

But, it is still a great State of mind and place to live. Until we get too over-crowded and experimented upon here.

Wayne

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2 Responses to What a beautiful day.

  1. tildeb says:

    Why can I leave my house unlocked, walk across my city and back, and never feel in danger? I run where and when I want, ride my bicycle to any appointments or shopping I care to do, drive my car and leave it in parking lots without having to think if it will be there safe and sound when I return. I know all my neighbours and share yard equipment and tools as well as exchange phone numbers. I’m involved in the wider community. It’s a city of 400,000 and I live about ten blocks from the downtown core. I’ve lived in four different provinces, urban and rural, and have always felt the same: safe and secure in the knowledge that not only are my neighbours good people but so too are almost everyone regardless of race, creed, colour, age, or sexual orientation.

    Why is this? Why do I feel safe and secure when I also know there is crime of all kinds and been a victim in the past?

    Well, it’s Canada. And this means something fundamental. There is an assumption that you don’t need to fear other people, that differences are interesting and a good starting point to make conversation, and I think – after much reflection – that Americans by and large are different in that many do fear each other. And I say that with some knowledge because about half of my extended family are American – from California to Florida and north to Ohio. When they come north, they bring with them this fear of others. It’s very strange to me.

    So when I read your opinion that the States is a doomed country, I share your concern. But I think the reason is because there is a lack of proper socializing. Even the word – socialism – seems to garner fear and loathing from my American family, whereas in Canada – being so big with nature in your face – you aren’t going to live long if you can’t rely on the goodwill and help of your neighbours and accept the same responsibility in return. This notion has been extended to the role of government and, through it, to education, medicine, and all kinds of social policies and services aimed at helping neighbours.

    We see the implosion of northern American cities lacking exactly these social services and grieve for so much unnecessary suffering from such a rich country. It’s hard to wrap one’s head around how essential services like education and medicine and police and fire and ambulance and public transportation and water and utilities and even parts of the armed forces can be slowly segmented into a for-profit models. It’s a recipe for social disaster, pitting a competitive cost-saving model against the well-being of those they supposedly serve. It’s truly bizarre.

    So how can Americans learn that their neighbour’s welfare – next door or across town, in upscale neighbourhoods to downtown cores – is not something to fear and loathe but to accept as part and parcel of being a mature and responsible citizen… without reducing the rights and freedoms all can share?

    • Wayne says:

      Wow! I agree with about 90% of what you wrote.

      But, I think you ran past a key ingredient, even though you mentioned it in your post.

      Family. You have extended family. Most of America has watched family disintegrate …. which ironically is the result of integrating bad into our society.

      As we integrated, we dis-integrated family and culture. And we disrespected ‘white men’ and then men in general. Men no longer know how to behave.

      So everyone feels more and more fear ….

      Keep it up, we are almost in agreement!

      Wayne

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