” When you and your daddy sent our brilliant, strong and healthy young men and women to fight over oil in the deserts of the Middle East, it gave every mind in America the absolute truth that human life has no value in America – only business, money, oil and wealth matters.”
We watched the best of the best come back broken and disabled, impoverished and ruined. What did you think that would mean to the generations that watched it? Everyone agreed – it isn’t like it was done in the Oval office with its isolation and privilege. It wasn’t.
Why would anyone’s words that teach to value human life have power in light of that reality?
I understand what President Obama has said about not looking back but instead looking forward to create solutions, apply them, flexibly fit them into the real world as we go, – he didn’t say all of that, but I understand that implication about moving forward and getting to the work that must be done. I know that.
But, first – we must correct the damage that has been done. And, to do that – we must have some understanding of how it came to this point – then the solutions rather indicate themselves in a lot of ways. We can correct this inordinate failure to respect the value of individual human lives. We can do it.
There were a lot of things that contributed to it. But not the least of which, is that actions spoke much louder than words. The greater the respect and authority and positions of those males in our society, the more their actions speak to model what is valued, what is valuable and what is important.
We can not go from person to person and correct this. It must be corrected by the actions and what those actions convey. Empathy must be conveyed – it cannot be taught. Respect for one’s self and for others is born of respect by the society around us that demands and responds as if it is so – not as if it isn’t.
– cricketdiane, 04-21-09