Monday, January 11, 2010

What are we supposed to do?

I let this question fly. It's important. Within the news, the poetry, the documentaries are the keys to breaking down the subtle destruction of our country's economic condition, and redisigning mobility for our people. There is no dramatic upset included, just a leveling out. Let the nature of a man's ingenuity be the force behind his wealth, not the level of sophistication in which he chooses to rape his neighbor. The wealthy are dying, the seeds that they have planted have simply inherited their mess. There is an opening for new minds to set the pace, rectify the damage, protect the pursuit that was intended for us since the beginning.

But still, the question begs an answer: What are we supposed to do?

The ratio of debt to income stability is staggering. The family is the American unit and it is weak. The rich have little to complain about because they do not see the landslide spilling beneath them, at least the majority don't or they don't respect the implication.

The power lies in recognition and adjustment and that is given usually, to the desperate or the prepared. In each community in NYC, there are thousands of strangers, many of which accepting the consequences of actions that betray the reality of their influence on the current state of affairs; myself included. Life is a state of ambivalence when leadership is expected as an external experience. I'm not sure how many families discuss the power of individuality or the responsibility of existance, but with how many unguided children are out there today, how can it be a majority?

A legacy exists in the strength of endeavor passed through gut and pride of a father to his son, the emotional clarity and elegance of a mother to her daughter, the cross fertilization of logic and sensitivity to children of the opposite sex, the product of sensible effort in the form of surplus and security, and most importantly: worth as a direct consequence of love. What hasty decision can be made when an utterly true appreciation of the moment's gravity is laid bare?

...I just saw "Maxed Out." It's a documentary about debt. Not just individual debt but it's relation to our economy, our country, and the downward spiral of the common citizen. People are dying, money is being used crazily to avoid late interest payments while a host of sensible programs are diminished or cut altogether, not least of which is our own social security. I have family that will never be able to retire and I fear for being forced to work in an environment without protection, without options, without a chance for relief when my bones are far too old.

Our generation is stepping into position. We should be curageous. We should be honest. We should not gamble with life, especially the lives of others. Deliberation of cause is never folly when the future is at stake. No environment should be an excuse to fail at humanity.

Some cycles are meant to be interrupted. They just need to be wrong.