America lacks pride. It is but a shadow of its former self and the glory it had with that. The principles and ethical standards that once made this nation a shining beacon to the rest of the world appear to have been long forgotten. By both a large mass of its citizenry and certainly also by those in the government.
The decline was slow at first. A change her, an adjustment there and here we are just a few decades later with a nation in taters. People struggle to hold on to whatever visions they have remaining of this once ideal nation.
Where does the decline begin? At the top or the bottom. Work, real work, starts from the bottom up, while disaster usually occurs from the top down. It’s hard to say exactly where it started. However we do know where it’s going and we’d be wise to stop that slide.
How? Pride. As stated in the first sentence, America lacks pride. There appears to be little love for those who understand the wisdom of the US Constitution but there is also little pride in being strong, successful, accomplished.
America needs categories of people who can be recognized for their qualities. Honor, courage, respect, virtuosity, honest, selflessness, loyalty, justice. Traits of character, traits of integrity. A person need not have all these qualities to have good character or be respected for it. But it is wrong for a society to forego any recognition of any of these traits.
Who has a greater purpose in their life? Not in a noble sense of measuring one mans life against any other, but rather to measure the purpose in direction, objectives, reason, and principles.
Who has a greater purpose, the hipster or the hussar?
Not a tough choice for anyone who’s life has meaning. Even for those who have thought introspectively on life they realize it is still worth more when it is given a greater purpose than when it is written off.
One more example. Who is the celebrity you would rather have represent your society, John Wayne or Justin Bieber?
Is this what we have really come to? Did we have to destroy everything good we were in order to change a few things we weren’t?
Why is it so bad for there to be difference between us? If it is bad that one of us should feel less important because he is not as important, isn’t it equally bad for those of us who are important/talented to not receive the recognition and status they deserve?
America as a nation needs to return to what allowed it to hold its head high with pride against the world and its jealous, bitter naysayers. To get there more quickly its people need to have pride. Legitimate recognizable pride at the individual level.
Posted on January 1, 2013, in Hope for America, The Life of Man and tagged america, character, hipsters, hussars, integrity, john wayne, justin bieber, nation, pride, principles. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.