Happy New Year?

Another year has come and gone.  Where it went?  I have not a clue.  As Ferris Bueller said:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”

Unfortunately I’ve been encountering more and more people who are missing it.  Not the events of life happening all around us, but the MEANING of these events, the “Big Picture” stuff.  I also have noticed that folks are jumping off the rails more and more to little things, humor they don’t get, or don’t want to admit they don’t get.  Internet memes seem more prevalent along with obvious “click-bait” and other posts designed to drive people to act/post/reply out of character.  Is this country just becoming too Politically Correct such that an “off color” joke causes a major meltdown?  Are we so reliant on the nanny state to tell us what is right and what is wrong that we’ve lost the ability to stick to our own morals/opinions/views for fear of retaliation from the masses?

I’ve been around for almost half a century now, and those of us in the same “age group”, (I don’t know what “Gen” it is, X, Y, Z, Me, You, Them, Baby Boomer, Post Boomer, whatever) must be noticing that things seemed different as recently as 20 years ago.  History seems to be repeating itself, but mostly the “bad stuff” is happening again.  So what was going on 40-50 years ago?

Well, here’s a list of 50 “items” that turn 50 this year…

http://mentalfloss.com/article/55228/50-things-turn-50-2014

Hard to imagine eh?

Also remember:

  • The US was in a war that was run via politicians, not the military on site
    (we left and the “bad guys” took over)
  • We were striving to send a man to a celestial body far from Earth
  • There were racial, gender and lifestyle conflicts
  • We had a president pushing through sweeping legislation  not just the Civil Rights Act, but the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the Fair Housing Act and major measures on immigration, education, and gun control.
  • Science was preparing to take a new leaps in communications, transportation, and computation (as a nation)
  • The country was also experiencing a “counter-culture” growth motivating not only citizens but elected officials

Sound familiar?

Guess what though.  We made it out of the 60’s.  It just took a while.  Life is a marathon, not a sprint.  Once people either start realizing the consequences (again) of their actions, or lack thereof, OR the system simply self-balances.  We’ll be fine.  Just keep calm, breathe easy, don’t break laws, and treat others with the respect that you demand of them.  As for me…

“I ain’t no saint, but I’ve tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God. I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world.” – Elvis Presley

Happy New Year!

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