I have been following the disaster that is the political landscape just like everyone else. I have seen us polish the turd of injustice as we shoot each other with semi-automatic weapons meant to take out a lot of something living with ease. We then step into the blood of our brothers and sisters and announce it is our right to have this firepower. Just like you, I have witnessed a rigged system in finance, a mess in health care and a tax code no one can figure out. Every day I am reminded how bad our country’s infrastructure is as I weave around potholes on my way to work. Just like you, I see the weekly terror attacks that take hundreds of lives. I also feel the fear as it courses through my veins.
That said, I would trade my life for a child born today in a heartbeat. To me, the future is immeasurably bright. I believe we will have to endure as much as a decade of pain before things turn up in a big way. I am hopeful we won’t kill the planet and ourselves in the meantime.
I believe most people on the planet are good. The bad guys are a tiny minority that make for big headlines. How many times do you see a headline for the millions of good deeds we do for each other every day?
I held a door open for a woman this morning. She smiled and said “thanks” and off she went. No headline for me. I made a donation to Clean Ocean Action at the beach. This is an organization run by an old high school friend who is making a difference for the planet. They gave me a hat. I wasn’t looking for anything in return but reasoned it had advertising value for a good cause. I gave it to my wife. Still no headline. I sat on the floor with our dog Dash this morning thinking he would feel good that I was at eye level with him. He flapped his tail a couple time as we leveled off. Again, no headline. I don’t know what the rest of the day holds for me but I suspect I will do a couple more nice things that most everyone won’t know or hear about. I think my day is just like everyone else’s. Except the bad guys who get the headlines.
The reason they get the headlines is that they are the exception. It’s the aphorism, “man bites dog” that gets reported not “kind man helps old woman cross the street.”
Every day technology is being advanced for good. Advancements and efficiencies are being developed and furthered to make our lives better. While the state of our health care system borders on disarray, I believe we will fix it. In contrast to the system, the advances in health care treatments are exceptional. We’re mapping the genetic code that is helping in the fight against cancers and disease. The average age for us is increasing and the prospects for people to expect to live to be a hundred are good. Possibly as early as the next administration, our country will pass a massive infrastructure bill. This will put millions to work in good paying jobs. The money these workers will make will find its way into the financial markets. Markets which, when properly regulated, will rise and create prosperity for a desperate lower and middle class. (Add pic of Dow) Attention is being focused on the water, air and other elements that have been polluted. Food production is improving and more people around the planet have access. While not fast enough, we are determining there are issues that need to be fixed. This is the first step that will lead to improvements then resolutions.
This brings us full circle to our current state. There will always be a fear of terror and there will always be those who want to inflict it on us. In time, we will pass reasonable and acceptable gun control laws and we will increase our surveillance and capture of the bad guys who want the headlines.
America will lead the world into the bright future. The history of our ability to lead and innovate is just too strong to disappear. It is at the core of our values. While we stand in amazement of the headlines every day we are getting closer to action. Once unleashed we will move forward and gain followers and momentum. Add this to the nice things we do for each other and you have an impenetrable force for good that no amount of evil can overcome. To me our future is as bright as a burning star.
My best, Chris
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