Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
I’ve been discussing a lot of people lately, Britney Spears, Bin Laden, San Diego Dave, etc. I figure that it’s time for me to branch out a little and talk about something different. I look at the quote above and I feel like most of America is falling into the “small minds” category on Eleanor’s continuum of intelligent dialogue.
I wonder if it is because things are different now, the big social experiments have been conducted and we’ve seen the conclusions. Communism, democracy, the 60’s love & drug era, and let us not forget disco, have all played out. The experiments seem to all be over and now we talk people, we love celebrities, we love bad haircuts, and there’s nothing better than a meltdown. We have some big things going on, like the war, but the huge anti-war rallies were all played out during Vietnam, we would just be doing something that’s been done before. We have an ineffective congress who who is polarized by bi-partisanship, but it requires billions of dollars to make a change there, we have lots of people dying in poor urban areas due to pointless gun violence, but they are too removed and poor to receive any consideration, our world is getting warmer…but these are just events, not ideas, so this gets us into the average mind category on Eleanor’s continuum.
I am proud of the life I live and I love the life I have, but there are aspects that I wish were better. We are lucky to have wonderful family, I have a decent job that allows me to live in a nice home in a nice town, and I have great friends, but there is definitely something missing in the larger picture. It just feels like the people and the country are completely different. The republic which represents us has become so divided and ineffective, I just want to do my job and spend time with my friends and family, but I am sometimes embarassed by country’s actions or lack of action. It is sad that the great minds that should be leading this country are not because of financial restrictions, it is sad that the right decisions are not being made because of financial interests.
I always liked the quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, it implies that you are aligned with the goals and objectives or your country. I am afraid that if I asked my country what they wanted me to do now, it would be to pick up a gun and fight a war against improvised explosive devices in a desert. Why is our country not asking us to use more energy efficient power sources, why is our country not making it harder for people to own assault weapons, and why is our country not talking about ideas?
I love this country, don’t get me wrong, but I think money needs to be removed from the equation of leadership in America.
Song of the Blog #3:
Extraordinary Machine (Fiona Apple) – A quirky, fun, and intelligent song. Tough to define it or squeeze it on a mix tape because it is so unusual, but it is mixed with wonderful sounds and singing. Not the typical bitter and angry Fiona stuff, this song caught her on a very good day.