We are failing. We are all failing. You feel it too, don’t you?
I saw a study from the Pew Research organization which said that only 18% of Americans had any faith at all in the federal government. I’m with them. I don’t have much confidence in the feds either. But I think a very important question must be considered. Can a country survive that has so little faith in its own institutions?
But I don’t believe it’s just that government that is failing. I believe it’s all of us. And I think we all know it too. We can’t help but be reminded of it often. It’s impossible to ignore.
We’ve all seen the reports that at least one police officer stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida while Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people inside. When his inaction came to light he resigned. It’s now being reported that he wasn’t the only one. The failure was likely systemic.
The media has also eschewed their responsibility as objective fact gatherers and taken on the role of propagandists. But our failures aren’t just high up. They’re everywhere.
When I was a kid all the parents in the neighborhood were in charge of all the kids. All adults were authority figures. But now most parents wouldn’t dare to raise their voice or correct someone else’s child. This is not an advance. It’s a surrender.
Technology which was supposed to bring us together has separated us. So many of us are alienated from each other. I’ll be honest. I don’t know my neighbor’s name. I’ve lived next to him for eight or nine years. He seems like a nice guy. But he’s single and works a lot. We’ve shoveled the walkway together a few times. He’s funny in a sarcastic way. He drives slowly in the neighborhood because he knows there are many children running around. And I’m grateful for that. But I don’t know his name. And it’s one of those deals that I feel like he’s been here too long and asking him would show what an idiot I am. So yes, I’m part of the problem.