Thursday, November 8, 2012

{a little perspective}

I will be totally honest.  This post is a vent.

I understand people feel strongly about politics. We all have our own ideas, driven from how we were raised, our experiences in life, and our individual belief system. The thing about politics is we rarely change others minds. We typically change ideas based on our current place in life, changing priorities, and ever evolving minds,

Facebook doesn't change minds, twitter doesn't change minds. Relationships change minds.

Friends, regardless of your thoughts on this past election, think for a moment about where we live.

We get to pick our job. If you don't want to teach, you don't have to. If you want to work in retail, you can. If you find joy from cleaning up after people, that's awesome! There are jobs for you. Can you always have the dream job? No, but you can still find work (and I believe you can even find joy in the worst jobs).

We are not fighting a war on our streets. There is violence and disagreements, but you do not have to worry about a bomb coming through your window or being shot at while out running errands. Across the world, people face this daily.

We can worship (or not worship) in whatever church or place we desire. No one tells you who you must worship or how you must pray.

Our government is not perfect, nor will it ever be. There is no way for billions of people to agree on everything, and 1 man to get it right every time.

It is a first world problem to complain about our government, and there are people all over the world who would die to have the government we have, and who DO die for complaining.

Last rant and then I'm done, I promise. Please do not bring down people who benefit from government services. Not everyone can make enough to provide for their families and tough times happen. These services can allow families to survive. Sure, they are abused, but then again, we all abuse a lot of the privileges we have. Before you lump all those people together, think of the single mom who works 40 hours a week and needs health services for her and her child. Think of the parents trying to adopt a child from an abusive relationship, but don't have all the means necessary. Think about the people who are recently laid off a job. They are people just trying to make it, and honestly, it shouldn't be the governments job to help them in the first place, it is ours.

Ok. Rant over.

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