I began to think about all the younger folk out there, bitching about what they don't have. If they really wanna cry, whine because you don't have someone like my bus stop friend. People like him are a dying breed, literally. They are being replaced by folks like me. I'm cynical, disillusioned and short on hope. Also in my generation are the materialistic know-nothings that just want a boat, RV and a vacation home. And that's what they work for.
Many don't know about MLK's early career as a reverend, pre-Selma. He was a proponent of piety and redemption through work. Our labor joins us to one another, and to God. This theme would resonate strongly later during the 1968 Memphis strikes.
Now, look at our "leaders" today. Congress "works' maybe four days a week, taking long lunches and delegates all their labor to staffers and interns. Is it any surprise they are corrupt, weak and ineffective? They are the example of "success". Make as much as you can, doing as little as possible, then get the hell out.
In the United States, it is estimated that over half of US citizens get some assistance from the government. In your heart, you know what that does to a nation's soul. Even in my work place, I feel like a being from another planet. I actually feel guilty if I am not working to my utmost abilities. Those around me do not. I can't keep it up.
I'm slowing down now. Not because of lack of skill, intellect or strength. I'm just empty inside. I don't work for "things", I work for people. And people just don't care any more. The worst thing is that as hard as I try, I even see my kids infected with this malaise. God teaches us love and compassion. But today, those flow like water over a stone. We're a post "caring" nation. Unless it benefits us directly.
But, I think I have a solution. Suspend the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution. We sure as hell don't deserve those rights anymore.
Bring back The Code of Hammurabi. After enough people are executed for shoddy work, that will get folks attention.