Hitting the Nail on the Head….

Jim Wallis

But, virtually every night, I would also feel from those who came, along with that hunger, a very deep cynicism about social change even being possible. And when it came to Washington or Wall Street, the cynicism was overwhelming. Virtually no one trusts either our political system or marketplace to be fair, honest, moral, or even open to doing the right thing. Most Americans seem to believe that the primary institutions of our public life completely lack integrity. And sadly, that cynicism, for many, even extends to their churches or other religious institutions, which they don’t regard as playing an independent leadership role for the common good that could hold other institutions accountable.

Excerpt from the weekly email from Jim Wallis (6/20/13)

I have been emotionally down in the dumps for several weeks now. So, when I read the quote above from Jim Wallis on his “Hearts & Minds” theme they hit me directly in the face.  I couldn’t think of a clearer way to describe what I am feeling right now.

I have a deep hunger for the common good and social change in our seemingly quickly degrading world.  My cynicism is indeed overwhelming sometimes.  It just doesn’t seem worth a pittance to continue to do anything to effect any change. It just seems a waste of time. I have lost faith in Washington, Wall Street and yes, even some versions Christ’s church to some degree. All seem to have abandoned anything resembling the common good or even common sense.

Does that mean I have given up on life?  Hell NO!!  I have just given up on affecting any change via our current institutions. I need to step back and look seriously about how I, on a personal level, can put a glimmer of socially conscious light in myself and maybe even those who might read my words.  I need to get back to my roots, to a simpler time to make sense of the world today.  It is not about Washington, Wall Street, or even the institutional church. It is more about how I treat my fellow-man and what I do with the gifts the Lord has given me.   All that stuff in Washington and Wall Street is as Will Rogers says is applesauce. That is it is nonsense.  I hope to never lose sight of that  fact……

4 comments

  1. I remember when I was young…ahem…that I didn’t think much about politics and corruption. I didn’t dwell on the news every day. Back then we were too busy just “living”. We didn’t have much money or stuff, but life was less complicated and lots more fun. It’s much harder to shut out the depressing reports now that media is so pervasive. But, we need to…or a least minimize our exposure.
    And that sounds exactly like what you need to do, R.J. You are depressed and being swallowed up in the gloom. For a while at least, turn off the TV, skip the online news bulletins, just don’t read it.
    I don’t think it’s irresponsible or unpatriotic to just step back from it all. In reality, there is not much you or I can do on a grand scale that would change a blooming thing anyway.
    Simplify your life and find other topics of interest for a while. Read some fiction, watch some movies, and escape from cold reality. Concentrate on your volunteering and your wife and home life and community. That’s what’s important anyway.

    That being said, please don’t stop “all” your blogging, we would miss you too much….you might want to just refocus for a while. Blog about other things if you can. Give us more great photos! Maybe just check back in on the depressing stuff once in a while …maybe once a month for a good vent!

    That’s my advice, but I’m just a simple gal, what do I know 🙂

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    • Hi Jane. Yeah I kind of remember when I was young too. But I was somewhat political during those years. I watched all the nominating conventions between 1960 and 1984 but then things started turning radical and I started backing away.

      I am exercising a little literary license here in that I am really not as upset about things as I let on. 🙂 I write many posts including this one and let them set for a few weeks before they are actually published. I have actually done quite a bit of what you suggested. I really don’t watch much of the news now but I do continue to scan my usual sites on the net (with the emphasis word being “scan”).

      I am working on a couple of projects that take my mind off all this partisan stuff. One is a new blog entitled InSearchOfAmrica.net. It will be about our history with an eye toward what made us great. It is influenced greatly by the book “Democracy In America” by Alexis de Tocqueville and by “Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. It will be my meager attempt to preserve some history that is quickly being forgotten. Things like old barns, small towns and such. I have a huge source of info I have collected over the years. I hope to have that blog up and running by the end of the month.

      I love taking advice from a simple gal. That is the best kind. Thanks for your concern and yeah I will continue to vent on occasion but not so much as in the past. Got to sit back an enjoy life more…

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  2. Alicia,
    there is a difference between turning away from reality and just not “wallowing” in all the propaganda…Liberal or Conservative. The world has really never been any different has it?
    The winds of greed, power and corruption have always blown back and forth over the decades…these times will change again too, eventually. Calm down.
    You sound very afraid … of what? An open and questioning mind like R.J’s is a “good” thing to have. It sounds as though YOU have been wallowing in far right propaganda. Try stepping back or considering other viewpoints without the knee-jerk hysteria that seems to define the conservatives.
    And nowhere did I read that R.J. was turning away from God, quite the contrary! But then, I’m sure he will tell you that himself.

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  3. Alicia, I’m afraid you are just too antagonistic to keep your comment here. Next time try a little less screaming please…… And by the way as Jane said I have by NO MEANS turned away from God and Christ. If you had really read the post that would have been very clear to you. I pray that you find some peace; you seem to need it more than I do…

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