Pride

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?

Hipsters ride to the vintage store in their Prius

Hipsters ride to the vintage store in their Prius

Winged Hussars riding into battle on their magnificent steeds

Winged Hussars riding into battle on their magnificent steeds

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?

John Wayne in a vest, neckerchief, and purple shirt and still a man.

John Wayne in a vest, neckerchief, and purple shirt and still a man.

Justin Bieber also in a vest and neckerchief and looking like licorice come to life.

Justin Bieber also in a vest and neckerchief and looking like licorice come to life.

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.

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Posted on January 1, 2013, in Hope for America, The Life of Man and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting. I wrote about how it was apathy. I think the same take, two sides of the same issue.

    Hearing you say pride, I am inclined to think it was the loss of pride that created the rise in apathy.

    On a different note, would you like to trade blogroll listings?

    • I agree. I don’t think there is a single issue or instance of anything where it is solely one factor. Pride and apathy are closely linked, that’s a good point and not something I thought of.

      As of a few days ago I’ve been intending to actually add a blogroll here so I would be glad to add yours. In fact I’ll do it right now.

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