Going Forward

June 14, 2016, Prescott-  A few days ago, I mused about the possibility of emulating the resilience of Israeli society, in the face of the terror it experiences, almost on a daily basis.  Someone responded that Americans already do the same thing, so why look any further?

There is much to admire about our country, its systematic way of uniting vast areas of land and diverse people, its checks and balances and, yes, our society’s ability to go on, after a tragedy.  The question, as to how we might do better, in the face of such as happened on September 11, 2001- and on June 12, 2016- was initially raised by a commentator in the Arizona Republic, who suggested looking at how people in Israel go forward, after a violent attack.  He could have substituted India, Iraq, Lebanon, Spain, the United Kingdom, or any number of societies.

People are, by nature, resilient.  Otherwise, there are innumerable horrors that could have sent us the way of the dinosaur, or the dodo.  Israel is perhaps notable, however, because of its unity, when terror strikes.  There is no paralyzed Knesset, no waffling Executive, and no emphasis on finger-pointing, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.  Therein, lie points to ponder.

Yes, there is a vast difference in complexity, as well as in the size of the populace, between the two nations.  No, I don’t want to leave America.  The quality of life here equals, if not exceeds, that of any other nation.  We do, however, in my humble opinion, have to make a choice as to HOW we move forward.  Will it be with recrimination, denial and following a fickle news cycle?  Will it be by listening to one another, taking the valid points from SEVERAL stated opinions, and blending them into a viable solution?  Will it be with a knock-down, dragged-out fight against those whose points of view differ from one’s own?

We have seen the results of each approach listed above, both in the history of this nation, and in the fortunes of other countries, throughout the history of the planet.  We are at a crossroads.  One valid point our President made the other night:  We have to choose what kind of country we want to have.

6 thoughts on “Going Forward

  1. I agree! We’ve got to quit letting stupid and nonsense rule. One person with a gun could have stopped the night club shooter. I think we need more good people with guns. I think we have lots of good people. They just need to make a stand.

  2. I’m curious about that – better and more oppurtunity. I know I treasure freedom and the mosest means I have within the framework of life here in the USA. but I live city much of the time so have bussing/transit more in denver than colorado springs, but lets say I were to london, I could more than easily double the distances/communities outright of both places combined. historywise, I’d have a hundred and fifty years of history before learning a whole new culture and thus to dig further back versus a london where I could plug back into nearly the halfway point of rome and her glory before doing the same. plug me into Iran, I of course know zilch of her culture and beliefs, past a little window here or there, but it seems to me that they have some religion and thus that institutional living/learning with a lotta community dough…I may not be a spiritual leader but I might be a functionary of “church” and thus if behaving control a lot more money than I do now at say the expense of saying what I want but more of what other’s expected to hear….i.e. it would seem I might have a shot at position versus here in america where …welll? I have endless oppurtunity sure but the game is different as are the choices/paths. the point is people together sure, people want and what that is and how they react obviously will differ, but not entirely off the map. lets say I india’d I’d of course not have the money but I’d have family and community and again i might not excell financially or have the same oppurtunities but something says i’d plug into a life just as rich there just different than what i’d have in america… sure I might learn of america and dream of the freedom oh so golden? but is it? freedom without success is a bit hollow. not that america is bad or i dissatisfied of life here. I am but, I am not everyone, perhaps you’d fail to plug in so well anywhere…trapped by differeng paths to self actualizations. such is the joy of musing. many paths, different places and distances. however, I doubt you’d fail to find LOVE around the world. knowing we build over time our lives. to start now would make a lesser structure. not wholly done here. I have more to adventure. I just wonder though that there is this or that saying that i might have or could do better anywhere. this is to say I could have, but just like life is, it would be hard to start of nothing afresh now to achieve anything anywhere….much of the magic of life is

    • People are more alike than different, anywhere in the world. I would be able to make friends, no matter where I go, and regardless of circumstances. Conversely, there are always the bitter and the naysayers. Life goes on, regardless of their bitterness.

  3. Very good post Gary. Yes moving on, after a disaster and loss of lives is not easy. For instance, if you had a person you know, in that, it hurts more.
    I was a survivor of a bomb blast, and know all too well, what it feels like, to be in a violent condition and trying to be alive. I was on the job, and had to just pretend, (as such) and continue on taking care of passengers. There was no time for panic, fear etc.
    Sri Lanka had a war like this for 30 years. It was a daily matter. You wouldn’t know, if a person goes out, if that person is going to come back home or in a body bag. Life there was scary. But despite the fact that a terrorist group, that haunted the country, yet many other countries provided finances for those terrorist organization. It was only after the 9/11 that many changed.
    The American’s are very patriotic, and luckily for America, no one would allow the country to go down. Meaning people will fight for what is right, and to keep the country safe.
    Through a lot of these, I have learned about leadership, and what real governing is.

    • I kept track of what was going on in Sri Lanka, sad that such a small nation would have to endure such horror, mainly at the bidding of selfish, power-mad leaders, on both sides. It was good when it ended, but I wonder whether the Tamil people are any better off now.

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