Some things just really frustrate the heck out of me. Sadly, they are problems that appear to be out of control of most people.
There is a reason why this article is called what it is. It seems like the whole world’s philosophy is all about pushing people down rather than lifting them up. Shall I cite some examples? I’m sure this will start up some healthy debates. For this article, since it pushes out to Facebook as well, feel free to comment both there and here.
Why spend money here when we can fling it overseas?
I see so many advertisements asking for donations to this country and that country for whatever seems to be the latest international designer crisis. I get that countries need our help, but I also ask myself “What other countries have been willing to help US out lately?” I’m not seeing any reciprocal relationship here – seems very one-sided. Also, according to articles I have read online, most of the funds being sent to these charities and other organizations overseas ends up being used for “administrative costs” and not helping the communities or causes they state that it’s for! We are sending so much money overseas, and yet we have homeless here in America – people needing medical help here in America – people needing food and shelter HERE IN AMERICA. Do you see the symptoms and/or problem here? I think we need more organizations to help our own country get back on its feet and get our people back to feeling better about themselves.
Blow up rather than lift up?
Did you know, that according to research found online, that our military budget is larger than twelve other countries combined? Wow…where does all this money go? I understand there are bad people in the world, and they need to be dealt with, BUT…..why does the responsibility for dealing with these people fall squarely on OUR shoulders and no one else’s? I look at the news and see that WE are dealing with crises in countries A, B, and X, and spending millions of dollars to quash these forces, yet our country’s deficit is spiking through the roof and out into the stratosphere! I sit and think sometimes about what good we could do if some of this money was spent on energy research, medical research, re-launching the space program (this has seriously been cut back so much it seems like it’s a joke) – things that would make a difference in the long run, but instead, we are spending oodles and oodles of funds on blowing up every bad guy on the planet without anyone else jumping in to lend a hand. Now, the news may be slanting this information this way, but I just would love to see our allies putting in as much money and forces to combat this stuff as we are.
Church And State
Oh here we go. I know this is going to cause some comments – feel free to fire away! I’m a big person. I can take it!
Okay…..so I’ve been pondering everything I have been told, been reading about, and thought about this a bit. I get that the Bible does say that there are many things that are against His teachings – stuff that is listed as living in sin. I also read passages that say to love one another. I’ve been told that we must live by the whole book and not just select passages that seem to fit our whims – all very sound arguments and valid points! So while it’s true that when we know someone is “living in sin” and going against The Word, we should not be associating with those people, why do some groups of people go scouring the earth looking for these groups to judge them, rather than making sure their own lives are in order? If you see a gay couple walking down the street, are you going to continue on your way, or are you going to run across the street and get in their faces to confront these people? If you see someone eating leavened bread, are you going to eat your own sandwich, or are you going to run over and smack it out of their hands saying it’s wrong? Go back and read the Old Testament again and look at the list – it’s much larger thanone or two things! There are so many items listed as being “wrong” that I think if people really followed everything tooth and nail, there would be SO much rioting everywhere in the world that nothing would ever get done.
It seems we have picked our battles according to our own beliefs, and have chosen very specific things to attack – those that make the person feel uncomfortable and they feel they have the duty to smite this down forthwith.
The News (Is it REALLY?)
Some days, I just cannot STAND to watch the news. Once upon a time, news was considered to be about major events happening in our towns, our states, our country, and landmark events happening in the world! I mean come on, really……..do we CARE about Justin Bieber’s DUI record or Lady Gaga’s meat dress? These are things that are making NATIONAL NEWS! THIS……is BIG STUFF! Don’t worry about major events happening across the country! We have to ramp up this SCANDAL because someone is famous and doing something SHOCKING! Oh, and CNN AND FOX can both go flush themselves. They don’t report real news. They reported slanted views of news depending on your political affiliation! They’re almost as bad as reading the National Enquirer or Weekly World News! If I want scandals, I’ll read the rag mags. I turn to news to watch stuff that MATTERS! And for goodness sake people, OJ Simpson has been raked over the coals enough times that he has a permanent grill pattern on his derriere!
Life In Prison v. The Death Penalty
I have a stance on this, and I’m sure many will disagree with me. That’s OK! This is my opinion. Feel free to comment at your whim! I am against the death penalty across the board. I think it’s wrong and distasteful. It shows that we have not grown as a world, or as a community. We are still living by the “eye for an eye” mentality. Me…..I would rather see someone ROT in prison for the rest of their lives, knowing what they did got them there than to give them the easy way out. Some people do crimes HOPING to get the death penalty – do you know that? They WANT it, because they KNOW they won’t have to be in prison long! They DON’T CARE!
I know someone is going to ask the question “What if it was one of YOUR family that was shot/raped/abused/kidnapped?”
I would be in pain and it would hurt for a very long time, BUT……..I’m still not going to stoop to the level of the criminal. Having them killed, no matter how it’s done, is just as wrong as the original crime. They need to KNOW and REMEMBER what got them there in the first place. I would want them put in a dark hole to live for the rest of their lives without ever knowing freedom again. The methods of the death penalty are just horrors beyond belief as well! Oh yeah, you can say lethal injections are a painless way to kill off someone, BUT….just sit back and imagine the setting for a moment. You are being strapped to a table, unable to move or do ANYTHING to prevent what is about to happen. You SEE the person who is going to push the buttons and watch as the syringes dispense the doses of the chemicals that WILL KILL YOU. You are NEVER getting out of this room alive. I’m sorry, but I cannot think of anything more barbaric than this! Humane? Give me a break! There is NOTHING humane about it! Electric chair? Same thing! You’re strapped into a chair, unable to move, and you see the person who is going to throw the switch that is going to FRY YOUR BODY and KILL YOU! Yes, I know there are instances this has not worked, but STILL! What are we thinking??? We’re no worse than the criminal if we rationalize in ANY way in our minds that “This is OK” or “this is justice”. No it’s not. It’s MURDER, only we’re doing it LEGALLY!
If you ever wondered why we have never been visited by intelligent life from other worlds, then you shouldn’t wonder any longer! We’re barbaric! We are not ready! If they came down in peace, we’d have them in pieces in mere hours, wondering what makes them tick? I’d be horrified to ever THINK about setting foot on this planet, knowing what would probably happen! And we call ourselves enlightened. Give me a break!