Some eastern religions believe that the world is a balance of dark and light, yin and Yang, good and evil. I suppose that each of our “souls” – constitution, whatever you wish to call it, are, indeed, a conflicted balance.
Recently I have come to a great realization. That epiphany is this;
The balance is Honor on one side and Fear on the other. I know it may seem that fear is not the opposite of honor but, with real and deep consideration, one finds that all of the other elements, hate, greed, envy, revenge, all of them, are resultant of fear.
Certainly, Fear and Honor are always on opposite sides of the equation. They are exclusive of one another. Weakness begets aggression. Strength begets kindness.
The United States of America was, since its inception, the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. We were the strong. We were kind.
Recently we have been taught to cower, to fear the “terrorists”, to fear the “bad people” who will come in the night. We have become weak and we have become aggressors, torturing our prisoners, declaring war at the drop of a hat, even attacking the “wrong” country without apology.
It was not always so. The World War Two veterans are nearly gone, now. My father was one. He left school to enter the Navy to prove his honor, his patriotism, and his willingness to fight for our great nation. He learned to hate the Japanese government for torturing our boys who became their prisoners. He learned to hate the German government because it spied on it’s own people.
No fool could have taken over an airplane with a box cutter in 1950. He would have landed with a black eye, a headache, and the box cutter would have been in the pocket of one of the many men who would have flooded the aisles to be the one who took it.
No man in 1950 would have allowed a woman to be taken captive without a confrontation. They would have thought it unthinkable. Now we are taught to shut up, stay seated, and wait for the police to come and save us.
The lines are blurred between men and women. The lines are blurred between government and criminals. The lines are blurred between the honest and the dishonest.
The police, once brave allies, are now seen as “guards”. They wear guns and sticks to “protect us” but, all too often, we become the enemy. They cloister themselves as a separate class. They live by a different set of rules, at times disobeying the very law that they uphold.
The heroes of our children are not soldiers who have died for our freedom, nor great leaders of history, but rappers who wear their pants baggy to hide guns. The bastardization of our language is in vogue. The hatred of our institutions is cool. Ignorance is promoted from our schools to our streets. Thugs are respected, business leaders are hated. Success through planning and hard work is rejected for the lottery winner or the basketball star. They serve as our children’s idols until the inevitable fall.
Our children can no longer read the Bill of Rights nor the Constitution. They no longer are taught how we rose from a tyrannous repression to become the nation that we are today. They know less of history than the transformation of Bruce Jenner to Kaitlin.
Boys are taught to be soft, girls are taught to be hard. No one is responsible for child nurturing. It is a secondary job to be addressed after work. Women who choose to act as mothers are degraded and made to feel inadequate. Men must apologize for hard work and commitment to their job. They are called bad fathers who lead poorly balanced lives.
A man is blamed, threatened, and prosecuted if he raises his fists to protect one more fragile.
The government even involves itself in our children’s dating, explaining that regretting decisions made, is rape. That the boy is evil and suspect and must have evidence or be found guilty of being human. All of it is contrary to nature, all of it is contrary to freedom, all of it is contrary to honor.
Our law enforcement no longer enforces laws. Divergence from the law of the land is bought and sold in political contributions and is passed in paper bags in the night. Men are prosecuted for crimes that they did not commit to bolster a campaign. Laws are distorted to provide loopholes for contributors. The law, itself is applied inequitably to serve “friends” and to punish “enemies”.
All of it is the friend of fear. All of it is the enemy of honor.
The question is this;
Shall we abandon, in time the failed actions of the recent past and embrace the basis that made a nation so great that it once acted as the light of the world “… that we here highly resolve ….. – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
(A. Lincoln, Gettysburg Ad., Bancroft copy)
Are we even worthy, as a people, of the gift of freedom that was so lovingly handed to us by our fathers? Or, have we so deeply failed in our greatest charge that freedom, itself, will be lost to future generations?