America the Peaceful…. for How Long? Not Long.
America the Peaceful…. for How Long? Not Long.
While we live in relative peace , much of the world does not. In many places of America, violence abounds, with much of the violence exacerbated by the media. But as we take our morning walk, it is unlikely that we will live in fear of either being assaulted physically, verbally or touched by war of any kind.
“Peace lies at the center of being able to manage the transition, simply because peace creates the optimum environment in which the other activities that contribute to human growth can take place. In this sense, peace is a facilitator making it easier for workers to produce businesses to sell, entrepreneurs and scientists to innovate and governments to regulate.” Time
Yes, as long as people feel free to reasonably exercise their individual rights as citizens and as adults, chances of peace will be higher. People who feel coerced, lied to, used and powerless create inner conflict, not compliance —- therefore leading to violence either physically or emotionally —- in other words “lack of peace”.
So what causes this potential “lack of peace”?
Is peace also dictated by socio-economic circumstances? Most definitely. If you think of “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”, at the base, the most fundamental four layers of the pyramid contain what Maslow called “deficiency needs” or “d-needs”: esteem, friendship and love, security, and physical needs. If these “deficiency needs” are not met – with the exception of the most fundamental (physiological) need – there may not be a physical indication, but the individual will feel “anxious, angry, powerless and tense.” Maslow’s theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs.
OK so what does this mean? Simply much of the conflict that we experience will arise from man’s perceived inability to provide for the basic functions of life —- either for himself or his family. (When I say His —- I can mean male or female — whichever would be the “head” of such household).
If these lower needs are not met, we recon in the “anti-social” behavior presented in those films I posted yesterday. The “irresponsible, hyper-sexual” male (of any race) dropping his seed in any “baby-momma” and proudly proclaiming “I got 5 kids by 4 baby mommas”; the wretched women proclaiming that “someone needs to take responsibility for” the multitude of children they have produced from their wombs.
The powerlessness is also illustrated by the lines to get vouchers for “Section 8” housing. I was ashamed for them as they raced like animals to the door as it opened early for only 100 homes. I owned a real estate search service in New York. Simple thing. I was in graduate school, had a computer, got access to the internet and had a separate phone line. Investment: $250.00 First month’s profit? $8750.00. Most of it was from Section 8 searches. I am a pretty “dry eyed and unsentimental ” businesswoman, but it occurred to me that most of them paid me more to find a compatible place than I paid to start the business which paid for my college loans in a matter of two years. Thier poverty extended to the poverty of spirit and imagination so they became permanent “takers” who never learned to become “makers”. The infantilization and dependency of entire generations.
So what, Angela, they are just lazy, stupid. Somewhat, but as humans we tend to perform tasks that at pleasurable and positively enforced. For example: Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday.
That’s almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.
Other studies have shown that idle young adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life or use the knowledge they acquired in college. Without those experiences, they are less likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities.
So what? They can’t find a job and “Our Prez” said they can be dependent until they are 26! Yep, they can stay on your health care until the age of 26. Why 26? Simply because that is roughly 5 years or one-half a decade! after finishing college for most people. The dependency habit will be enforced by then. And believe me, this is only a one or two generational thing because this dependency generation might never have insurance for THEIR OWN children to use until the advanced age of 26.
I always tell my kids that I am not raising children. I am raising future adults. I am tough, perhaps hardened by experience — in fact some people actually realize that Allen is the real “softie” in our family. But we stand firm on one thing.
King James Version (KJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We are not perfect, the kids are not perfect. But no man, woman, boy or girl of any race/color or creed ever felt good about a “hand-out” instead of a “hand-up”.