Moultrie Observer

Opinion

April 10, 2012

Stop and think: A lot of good folks going good things

MOULTRIE — Life is an adversary system. Shortly after we are born, we discover that we are mortal even though there is a tendency for a short while in our youth to think we’re 10-feet-tall and bullet proof.

In other words, it is inherent in us to fear those things associated with the grim reaper. And so there is a natural tendency to see a lot of negatives. We are apt to be more interested in reading about a plane that crashes as opposed to those that routinely land safely. It’s sort of a defense or self preservation mechanism. All the while, we want to be on the one that lands safely.

With that analogy in mind, many politicians are saying that our nation is morally bankrupt. That political rhetoric is often used to distract us from the fact that we are nearly fiscally bankrupt. Rhetoric is more easily lived with than facts.

Of course many non-politicians will echo that assessment about being morally bankrupt. We might argue that this fits into that “plane-that-crashes” analogy.  Moral decay is a negative and that factor probably gets quicker and more lasting attention than its opposite.

Yet on a daily basis we have many good people going about doing good stuff. They are young and old, men and women. They are morally strong and have resolved to help their fellow man and in their own way make our planet a better place on which to reside.

 But because of some kind of mental inertia seemingly involved in these observations, we probably have to be more deliberate in recognizing these positive traits and attitudes as opposed to noticing right away the immoral.

And we must see some irony when a politician utters the phrase “moral bankruptcy” given the negative data derived from that very venue.

In all of this deep thinking, let’s make ourselves aware that we’ve got people today doing some of the same negative things they’ve always done. Only today there are many more of us, and the world of mass communications and this phenomenon of social networking combine with that math to describe the negative tendencies with muchgreater exclamation.

Yes, immorality is well pronounced. But to say that we as a nation are “morally bankrupt” discounts a lot of good people doing a lot of good stuff.

And we all know some of those good people.

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