Saturday, 20 August 2011
I believe one of the greatest and one of the saddest inventions of all time is the internet. We feel that by posting a blog, or making a youtube video will help us make a lasting impact, which in ways it does, but there must be a reason why presidential candidates go from place to place for speeches in person and don't just use the internet or tv to deliver their messages.
Amazingly with a billion different sources for information we as a whole are more confused than ever. Back in the day you didn't have all these sources yet people seemed to believe more. I believe a piece of this is fear. Just take a look on youtube, spend about 30 minutes there looking at conspiracy theories and what not and I am positive you will at least feel some kind of fear of what the future holds.
So where have all our leaders gone? Looking back it seems many times that a leader would come from among the people, not from among congress or presidential status (though of course there are those presidents who did do great things)
But who had greater impact during Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign? Was it him or the President? Yes the president had some to do with it but his work was more like the support of setting up a stage for the real show.
Why won't anyone stand up? Probably because we all have fears, America has been far to good to us, it's like the witch in the candy cottage fattening up Hansel and Gretel before consuming them. We fear far more than anyone before us because we have far more to lose. I can be the first to stand that I fear losing my life and everything I have, and when I went to the military my mother feared for me greatly, when I went to live in my vehicle at one point she insisted that I stay because she feared I was not ready.
Fear is the driving point, fear is what keeps us buckled into the roller coaster, we fear things as small as a little bit of criticism from friends or others, we have people who suicide over internet verbal abuse, we as a people hate pain, we need pills for everything and we can't handle losing (Yay! Everybody gets a trophy!) Now people don't do things because they may fail, all successful people fail over and over and over again, but that doesn't matter.
So why do we have no 'heroes' of today, because people are scared and no one has yet got to the point where they feel they should speak out. Right now we are all acting like (and I do include myself into this equation) the superheroes of comic books, we want to save the world but we don't want to take the responsibility of our actions. (as in many of the people who made a lasting impact on our nation have been assassinated) Or some just want to tear others down so they can feel their world is bigger than it really is.
It is sad the state we have found ourselves in. With opportunity booming (yes, I do believe we still have more opportunity due to the internet and other things) we hide in fear of tomorrow, what will tomorrow bring? Why do we have to wait for tomorrow to bring us anything? Why not create tomorrow.
You can't control the government, you can't decide what they will or will not do and to worry about such things is a waste of time and energy. Those who hide behind their computer screens and give conspiracy theories may have a point, but how can it ever be realized as it might should if they hide.
There is hope for the future, I believe it may start with a presidential election, but that is only a small fraction of what needs to happen and change.
As much as I like Batman, I would have to agree that his father was the real hero.