So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
….as near as the destination may be, it’s still the journey that matters….
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” MARK TWAIN
GOD, GUNS, COUNTRY – I am moved to waves of nausea when I see this political sign in my neighbor’s front yard. It does not matter which political affiliation is being endorsed. How on earth can anyone associate God with guns with country? Truly, if there is a rational answer, I do not see it.
I overheard while entering the grocery store, one of three first responders shopping for lunch say, “I’m not wearing any damned mask.” Okay, you could say he was exercising his freedom, his 1st Amendment rights. But is that a right if it infringes on the rights of the other shoppers who want to walk through the aisles safely with a modicum of protection from covid-19? That fireman’s declaration of his freedoms is more accurately defined as ‘license’, a motivation driven by ego and self-centeredness. Not a good thing, not necessarily a bad thing, but let’s not confuse freedom and license.
Nationalism is part of our political conversation these days. Again, good or bad? I am proud of my country’s people, of the diversity which melds us into one great society advocating justice and equality for all. I love my country when it humbly takes its place as one nation among a multitude of other nations recognizing its virtues along with its sins. On the other hand, I shudder when I hear, “America, love it or leave it,” “America first,” “my country, right or wrong.”
……and I still get nauseated when I have to look at my neighbor’s political sign, “God, guns, country.” I suppose there are some things that are not meant for me to understand.