i vowed not only to refrain from making any comments about politics but to ignore all posts with political comments.
So this is not really political. It is more of a reflection. When i was growing up and in elementary school, the cold war was raging between the United States and the U.S.S.R. One thing i remember most clearly was something told to me by everyone, especially teachers at McClain Elementary School, and always after we had climbed out from under our desks when the atomic bomb drill had concluded.
“The communists believe the end justify the means,” they told me over and over. “We don’t.” they emphasized.
It seems to me now we do. In almost every endeavor, a large number of Americans justify using chicanery, lying, knifing someone in the back, cheating, and defaming whom they believe is their competition to get what they want.
Even in sports, which i always thought was to be played on a level playing field and honorably with no cheating, the end is more important than how you or your team gets there. And then some coach (and i’m pretty sure it was a football coach) said, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” It’s gotten worse.
Business is run by folks who cut corners, violate laws, abuse their employees, and make false claims about their service or products because someone taught them that was the way to do business.
And politics…well, i think we all know about that, and still good folks pass around lies about the opposition because “they do it.”
My school teachers and my parents would be aghast. i am too and very, very sad.
1 thought on “A Pocket of Resistance: An Old Saying”
I have to think (optimistically) that the pendulum will swing back the other way on the “ethics” and honesty issue. Reputation and trust are so important and hard to build. As the old saying goes you can build a thousand bridges…. Anyway, lack of trust regarding both of the major party candidates is the most worrisome problem right now. You can argue over the issues but lack of trust has nowhere to go!