I know one of my readers (you know who you are) reported to me that 2012 has been one of the most profitable years despite the obvious Depression the United States and quite possibly the World has been under. I know there are still people out there desperate for jobs, food, a helpful and hopeful answer to the many questions that they may have regarding their fears, doubts and worries in these economic times. Those of you who remember your American History, if you remember anything about “The Great Depression“, probably remember sitting through movies or Documentaries depicting folks during “The Great Depression” in hovels (“Hoovervilles“), maybe in boarding home situations or other living conditions.
The American people, many of them, banded together to help one another out. Even if they didn’t like their living conditions or want things to be that way, they did what was necessary and humanely just for their fellow-man and it helped them to survive and get by. They shared their meals and what little they had with one another. Granted, there may have still been some crime during this time but I don’t remember hearing much about it. No; instead I heard stories of camaraderie and how the people demonstrated their distaste with President Herbert Hoover for not keeping to his word after making so many promises to the American People.
However, when I look at the way things are today from over the course of the last two years I’ve seen a significant increase in crime, violence and bullying. Just to name a couple of major stories I’ve heard or seen on the news be it National or Local – The Aurora Theater Shooting & now the Connecticut School Shooting. Something I don’t understand is why there is a rise in Bullying. Is it truly because there are too many people being “Bad Parents” and not setting boundaries for their children like they should? Is it because of the Economic Depression and how it has affected families across the nation?
I wish I had a definite answer for why this is – but I don’t. I don’t understand it is all it comes right down to. I do understand the crime thing though. People are probably thinking, “Desperate times, call for desperate measures,” or maybe it’s like the song by Cage the Elephant; An’t no Rest for the Wicked, “Oh there an’t no rest for the wicked, money don’t grow on trees! We got bills to pay, we got mouths to feed – an’t nothin’ in this world for free! Oh we can’t slow down, we can’t hold back, though you know we wish we could. Oh there an’t no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes for good.“
Who really knows but what I do know – is this. When times are tough, there is no EXCUSE for the kind of violent, hurtful and hateful behavior we have seen. The only times we seem to show remorse or band together for something is when there is a natural disaster or a significant tragedy that makes us go, “Oh crap! My life could be so much worse now like theirs. I’m glad it’s not“. Does something like these events honestly HAVE to happen to invoke our sympathy? Our empathy? Our Humanity? Our ability to reach out to our fellow-man and offer them a hand when they’ve fallen and are having difficulty standing on their own two feet?
Honestly, it shouldn’t. It really shouldn’t but it feels like this is what it takes for us some of us to extend our Goodwill, our sense of community, togetherness, coexistence now in the world. Are people and society that so far of touch with their sense of Humanity, Honor and Integrity? Perhaps. But – I like to believe we aren’t. I like to believe there are still a great number of people out there who still, pardon my french but – give a DAMN about their countrymen, about their neighbor, about a stranger and their well-being.
I very much like to believe people have not lost all sense of their Humanity, Sanity and Common Sense. They are just looking for the opportunities to enact their Goodwill, Kindness, Compassion and more. You don’t always need to do something BIG to make an impact on a life. No. In the song, An’t No Rest for the Wicked, they say, “An’t nothin’ in this world for free,” that’s not true. A person in touch with their Humanity knows that. No – you can give a Kiss, a friendly hug, a pat on the back, maybe a meal, an ear to listen, a kindly word, a compliment – you can give your unconditional love, kindness, compassion, tolerance, understanding, empathy – for free. It may not seem like much – but it could mean the world to someone.
Some people put a “Price Tag” on everything or like to. In reality, as they say, “All the best things in life – are free“. I once gave a man my meal. I could tell he could use it and it was during this last December when I made my 1st trip to Seattle for the month. The look on his face and his thanks was enough and it made me feel so good and wonderful. I was happy to extend a helping hand to my fellow-man when he was down, even if it was not much and was quite small, but it was still appreciated. That’s Humanity at work. That’s the reward.
This year, 2013, I strongly encourage you to reach inside yourselves, find your courage, compassion, understanding, empathy, Humanity, tolerance and more – muster it and put it to good use. I CHALLENGE you to try to do what you can to help your fellow-man. Let us banish this “Depression” once and for all and let’s show it whose boss! We are Americans (replace with your own country of citizenship if you like)! We are a strong, proud, tenacious, loud, stubborn lot (replace with the positive traits of the people of your country & for the next part too). We don’t take things lying down do we? No; we stand up and we fight for what we know is right. We fight for what we love. Let’s really make an effort to do this. Be vigilant and focus on what could go “right” vs. what could go “wrong“. Be a Hero – for you, someone you love, someone you don’t know.
We should be learning from our Past, our mistakes, from other countries and how they do or run certain programs and things and improve, forgive or apologize for what we’ve done wrong. It’s time to put the crap aside folks and walk towards a better, brighter and beautiful future that is waiting for us. We can and will get through this and believe me – your bliss is out there waiting for you to come and seize it by the horns and not let go. Go find it! Those who love you will support your endeavors. Visualize it, feel it, believe it. Trust yourself, have Faith in you and the “Powers that Be” that all that’s good and right with the world – can also happen to you.
Thank you for reading my blog, much heartfelt love and appreciation for doing so. Questions, comments, concerns, your own personal thoughts or feelings on this blog? Feel free to post a comment about it. Any topic ideas suggestions you’d like to see me possibly write about? Feel free to leave a comment about it and I’ll get back to you.
~Bright blessings and more, Namaste~
- Trading Education: Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression (optionsanimal.com)
- Occupy Homes, one year on and growing daily (wagingnonviolence.org)
- Love is Louder Than Self-Harm: A 13-year-old’s Anti-Suicide Letter. (elephantjournal.com)
- Protesters Set Up ‘Durbinville’ Shantytown To Oppose Entitlement Program Cuts (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Bullying and Cyber-bullying (irishmantx.net)
- Bullying In the Workplace (kbunge.wordpress.com)
- New Year’s Resolution 2013 – Random Acts of Kindness? (kbunge.wordpress.com)
- The Great Depression (1920-1940) (www.sparknotes.com)
- Who was the US President during the Great Depression? (wiki.answers.com)