What has happened to our society? That is the question of the day. I grew up with an older generation that believed in civil disobedience. Thoreau was quoted liberally, and reading was highly encouraged, not just for entertainment purposes but for educating ones self. It was not left up to the schools, it was taught at home, read everything you can get your hands on. My grandfather told me at a young age, Angela it is your duty as a Smith (the names have been changed to protect anonymity) to stand up for your beliefs, and to stand up for the rights of others. I took it to heart. I read Thoreau’s essay on the right and obligation to follow your conscience. I believe it should be mandatory reading for everyone. My dad used to tell me to fight within the system, if you see something that you believe is wrong, change it. However, do it in a respectful manner. No one listens if you are screaming and flailing about like a madman. He also told me to take a stand, make a mark. Stand up for people who cannot do it for themselves. Be their voice. I believe that is the reason I became a Union Steward. To help people who need it, and yes, at times I find myself helping people who sorta don’t deserve that 2nd, 3rd or even 4th chance, but you have to help everyone and hope that this will be the time the message gets to them that they must change their ways.
Our founding fathers believed that, they wanted their part of the world to be better; they truly wanted to do better. Yes, they too had their flaws, they were human, however, they took a stand, they made a mark. When did we lose sight of that? The rules are simple, always tell the truth, always stand up for what you believe in, and always look after the weak.

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  1. Good Post! I tell my son all the time to read. Read whatever you can get your hands on. The newspaper, and books. My son is about to be 10. I tell him to not just get those baby books with the pictures but to get chapter books(as he calls them) Reading increases your vocabulary. I can tell its already working. He’ll start to use other words in place of the common everyday words he’s used to using. For example, the other day I asked him how his day was and he said brilliant, instead of a mere fine. I asked him to spell brilliant. He had a little trouble. So I told him to always learn to spell any word you want to use and know the correct meaning of it. Just because you can say big words doesn’t make you intelligent.

    As for the Union thing, I love your point of view on that. And you are right now everyone deserves another chance but everyone does deserve the right to be defended. GOOD job Angie.

  2. – I think that the overall attitude you describe is still around, but it is not quite as prevalent. Number one, this kind of liberalism/conservatism is a cycle. We are in the conservative part of the cycle now. We will move back to liberalism in a few years.
    – I also think that the attitude you describe is not as prevalent as you believed. Yes you believed that. Yes your friends probably believed that. But that was your sphere of influence. A vast majority of people… not just Americans, people… are just getting along and want to make as few waves as possible. And that is probably not a terrible thing: as long as there are enough “agitiators” to keep progress moving, the stability inherent in society of people not making waves can give them a comfort zone to make said changes.

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