Where We’ve Gone Wrong

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Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 12.42.10 PMOur country has a terrible problem.  It is weary, depressed, and heroes must be slaughtered.  Nothing is good. Anything which once built up our nation is to be destroyed, denigrated, and manipulated to the point where we are miserable.  The other evening I caught the tail end of the classic Captain from Castile.  Tyrone Power was quite dashing, but I was always a sucker for Caesar Romero who played Cortez.

The minute I say ‘Hernando Cortez’ the snarling begins.  He was a psychopath, evil, manipulative, destroying indigenous First Nation’s cultures, supplanting a lovely, spiritual culture based on human sacrifice, domination, and possible cannibalism with evil, horrid Christianity.  Never mind the culture he destroyed was hated.  Today, we must view the Christian culture which took its place as the root of all that is perverted.  The same thing holds true with Junipero Serra and Pierre-Jean De Smet.  Like Kit Carson, they were monsters.  Only the native cultures were pure and holy.  Much like defending Southern culture, anyone who does so is a racist, plain and simple.

Where did our world go so off-track that good men must be demonized so that other narratives supplant them?  While we are doing this, we are destroying something quite beautiful about ourselves – our innocence.  There is nothing wrong with innocence.  It’s a good thing.  We are not allowed to live in a Frank Capra world.  Instead, if a person isn’t a specific minority, doesn’t know the right buzz words, or support the right cause there is something wrong with them.

I don’t mind admitting that I can be a pain on Twitter and when I go after liberals with comments to articles.  The far right is annoyingly blindly stupid.  People follow anyone who knows how to appeal to their basic sense of honor and decency.  The far left is biased, cranky, self-righteous, self-serving, and nasty.  If you don’t believe exactly what they want you to believe, say, and do, you are evil and must be destroyed.  The irony is the very individuals who pretend to adore freedom are the very ones who are rapidly destroying it.

There’s a difference between innocence and stupidity.  There’s nothing wrong with being innocent, and looking at the best in people.  I’m tired of our society and culture shooting the feet of clay out from under people and legends which aren’t perfect, but don’t deserve to be destroyed because certain groups of individuals, no matter race, religion, or education, can’t get a grip on their own lives and realize that everyone has a right to be who and what they want to be.

What has truly dismayed me is the way the same individuals who went hyper-active when a seriously disturbed young man slaughtered nine decent men and women in Charleston are acting when a seriously disturbed young men slaughtered five American Heroes in Tennessee.  Don’t all lives matter? Evidently not.  It now looks like certain factions used the hatred of one seriously disturbed monster to attempt to destroy an entire segment of the country.  Yet, these same individuals don’t dare condemn anyone who is Islamic.  It might generate hatred among the segment of the country they already detest.

I think we need to seriously look in the mirror and get a grip on our lives.  If not, we’re going to destroy the very essence of what has made this nation great, if we haven’t already destroyed it.  The problem is what is the ‘truth’ about our nation and how we approach our history?

“…Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality,or fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal.

The commonly understood opposite of truth is falsehood, which, correspondingly, can also take on a logical, factual, or ethical meaning. The concept of truth is discussed and debated in several contexts, including philosophy and religion. Many human activities depend upon the concept, where its nature as a concept is assumed rather than being a subject of discussion; these include most (but not all) of the sciences, law, and everyday life.

Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars, philosophers, and theologians.Language and words are a means by which humans convey information to one another and the method used to determine what is a “truth” is termed a criterion of truth. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth: what things are truthbearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that faith-based and empirically based knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute…”

We need to get back to cold,  hard facts. When we do, we discover we’re good people, throwing away who we are, for a ‘greater truth’ that we are monsters because of the past, when nothing can be farther from verifiable fact.

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