- I have seen a bit of our nations capital Washington DC.
The magnificent edifices, art galleries, restaurants
Hmmm – mmm – mmm good.
- The monuments Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Korean
War, Vietnam, and the Women’s Vietnam War Memorial.
- I have seen the White House
White and small
Surrounded by fences and guards.
- I have seen the homeless,
The disenfranchised, and
- I have seen and grown wiser.
Humanity is fragile.
It could be me lost and alone.
Originally written: October 30, 1998
Society builds beautiful buildings and monuments. Yet,
amongst the beauty there is squalor and homelessness.
I believe the veneer of society is growing thinner with
any increase in the homelessness and hopelessness of
its citizens. When a society creates a permanent group
of its populace in a hopeless environment it has created a
hotbed of the dissatisfied. Hopelessness and dissatisfaction
are the ingredients to ferment rebellion and chaos.
Today, I am saddened by the thousands of families
that have lost their homes to the greed of mortgage
providers. I have witnessed the loss of jobs and the
breaking down of marriages as a result of the anxiety and
stress of putting food on the table and caring for the
well-being of their family.
Today, I am one of the lucky ones who has no worries
about income in the foreseeable future. Yet, I and my
family could be next. Yet, I believe I have seen hopeful
signs the economy is slowly recovering. I have observed
small businesses where their workload is increasing
slightly. They are gradually backing away from layoffs,
bankruptcy and closing down. In small ways a few new
hires are appearing in the workplace. The finances have
seemed to be improving.
It will be a long time to full recovery. It took a long time
to see the improvements after the worlds Great Depression.
It will take as long or longer to recover from what I would
call the “Great Recession and Finance Debacle.” It will be
an interesting time. Will the recovery speed be sufficient
enough to prevent chaos and rebellion?