Celebration, remembrance, hope, and despair.
February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
An unforgettable day, remembered so bittersweet. A poignant read, and a real boots on the ground assessment in my opinion. The comfort it gives me, however, is that the mentioned generation are more awake to the rhetoric, the outright lies, and they won`t fall for it as previous generations have. Nor will they raise their children in ignorance.
Honesty is vital in all things. Pandering serves nothing, nor anyone, and it`s the unwillingness to say, or hear, the hard truths that lead us into spiritual darkness, and cognitive wasteland.
I often remember a Winston Churchill quote, and love it`s timeless nature. “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
Winston may have had his faults, but he was a great leader at a time the world was desperate for one. Sadly, the UK, and the USA haven`t learned the lessons Hitler taught, and the world needs another great leader to stand against spreading tyranny.
What really disappoints me is a more likely candidate for that leader can be found in the words of Russia`s Putin, or even Iran`s Ahmadinejad, rather than in the countries I was taught were true democracies, but now know that to be fictitious.
I`m proud to say, I have never for one single day raised my children in a way that promotes their ignorance, and their ability to think critically assures me they will be OK. I do all I can to protect them from harm. I do not protect them from truth.
I`m proud to say, no blind patriotism exists in my immediate family, and I will continue striving to keep their eyes open, as they will continue to pay it forward when I`m gone.
Can you say the same?