I am sometimes accused of criticizing too much on this blog. Some seem to think that if we were all just more positive as a society good things would then happen. Being a history buff I know that is not the case. Sorry if you disagree but that is my current line in the sand so to speak. Criticizing things is just about the only way to affect change in our society and if we need anything in today’s gridlocked world it is a change. Until enough people are critical of things nothing changes.
Yes, we could like the German citizenry did during World War II, ignore the problems around us and say every thing is fine and dandy. We could ignore all the unemployed and underemployed workers the same way they ignored all the millions of people who disappeared from their streets. We could ignore the horrendously increasing cost of medical care in this country and how so many were locked out of the old system the same way they ignored the stench coming from some of their smokestacks. Let’s face it ignoring problems don’t make them disappear; if only that were a solution wouldn’t life be easy.
I do try to celebrate many things in today’s world. Not everything needs criticism.
- I celebrate that we are for the most part finally out of Iraq (only 60,000 of our young kids remain there and that is 60,000 too many).
- I celebrate the fact that Afghanistan wants us out of their country even sooner and more completely than the generals want.
- I definitely celebrate the fact that we have less of our kids in harm way than we have since the Clinton years.
- I celebrate the fact that the super rich are going to give just a little more of their humongous discretionary income to help strengthen the safety net of this country.
- I celebrate that we may finally take some action to reduce the absurd violence caused by so many guns available in our society. But that is by no means a sure thing. (Some more vocal criticism might be needed.)
- I celebrate Obamacare because it makes healthcare available to more of our citizens.
- I celebrate that our economy is turning the corner and that so many economists think things will be much better by the end of this year.
- I celebrate the fact that there are a few less “tea party” member in the 113th congress. Maybe something just might get accomplished there now. Maybe.
- I celebrate the fact that Obama was given a second term. He is not perfect but…
- I celebrate the fact that the emergent church movement is coming to the rescue of a dormant or dwindling Christianity in the world.
- I celebrate the fact that neither my wife nor I had any serious health events in 2012 and even if we did Medicare would be there to help us cope with the costs.
- I celebrate that my blog here has grown dramatically in readership in the past year. It is a signal that maybe I am on the right track with what I post.
- I celebrate that I have some of the best reader in the world on this blog. Most of you agree with much of what I say; some of you respectfully disagree on a regular basis. Both of those type of readers are very welcomed here.
Yes, we had quite a bit to celebrate in the last year but those things that need criticism in order to affect change are still much too prevalent in our society and I plan on doing just that.