". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I wonder

Lately I have been thinking about the average German citizen during WWII. It is often asked how people could stand by while their government did the things it did. How could they not take a stand against the evil that was occurring? How could they look the other way? As I see what is happening to my country I wonder if the answer, for some, might be that they did try. They did their best. They voted. They talked to their friends. They taught their children. They prayed. But no matter what they did it seemed it didn't matter. No one listened. No one understood, or if they did, they also had no power  to change things. And so eventually they gave up. They quit paying attention to the news. They quit hoping for change. They resigned themselves to a world out of control and turned their focus to doing what they could for the people in their immediate sphere of influence, hoping that at least there they might make a difference.

Anyway, that's what I wonder.


Melody said...

I thought of this Thursday night, as the closing credits from The Iron Lady rolled past on my TV screen. Those Brits were MAD during the late 70s-early 80s, and they let their government know. Yes, they were often inappropriately violent, but they changed things, albeit, in my opinion, toward the wrong direction. It infuriates me that we sit on our hands and tsk-tsk about the events in our country. Last week; Executive Order, exempting Congress from Obamacare. NOT A WORD. No one complains. We will as we die due to lack of care, but the time is now. I want to lead, but am sure no one would follow. Despair is too soft a word.

Barb the Evil Genius said...

To whom do we complain? Certainly not Congress. I can always call my elected officials, but not one of them are holding any kind of townhall or open forum to listen to their constituents during the break.

If you want to lead, I would suggest starting locally. Find a group that holds the same political beliefs that you do, and work with them to get people you approve of elected. Yes, it's a small step, but look how long socialists have been working to get what they want.