Americans feel powerless to make any substantial changes in their own society. Our Constitution is over 200 years old. It was ratified to govern 2.5 million people at the time. It now governs over 300 million people. It has been amended from time to time, but such amendments are rare. As a society, everyone seems afraid of every other person. We have random people pulling guns and shooting people up. People work more and more hours for less and less money. Yet, we are numb to it.
A Kindergarten class is shot to death. It wasn’t you or your child being shot, so who cares?
Our banks bring us to the edge of economic collapse. For the most part, no one is held accountable. But all that happened on Wall Street, so who cares?
Wal-Mart moves into town and wipes out small businesses and all the mom and pop stores. Then it pays its own employees the bare minimum. But it isn’t you working for Wal-Mart, so who cares?
We allow to people to go to jail over such little things such as possessing/selling a small amount of a particular herb. But it doesn’t affect you, so who cares?
We have militarized police shut down one of the biggest cities in America in search for a single individual. Despite all the armor, manpower, and high-tech equipment, it takes a citizen to notice that a tarp on his boat had been moved. It wasn’t your city, so who cares?
Out of all industrialized societies, we imprison the largest percentage of its population. But you aren’t in prison, so who cares?
It is harder to climb the socio-economic ladder here than in Europe. You are doing okay, so who cares?
Our government manages to afford a sundry of military contracts and has the ability to collect all kinds of information on its citizens. But it goes mostly unseen, so who cares?
Our education system is falling behind, especially in math and science. But hey, we have great football games on Saturdays, so who cares?
Our healthcare system is among the most expensive, yet does a poorer job than those in other countries. You don’t tend to get sick, so who cares?
Mental health goes largely ignored until someone snaps and begins shooting. You seem sane enough, so who cares?
A large percentage of children in this wealthy country of ours goes to bed hungry every night. But it isn’t you, so who cares?
We should all care. It’s our country. We have to come together and see through sweeping changes. We should be willing to take risks as a nation. At least then, we will be the ones in control and not the banks or some other entity.
The current system is not working. America can do better. It has to do better if it wants to remain significant in the world. What will it take to make significant lasting changes in this country of ours? I’m afraid of the answer. My prediction is that change is inevitably coming in one way or another. Why not help make America better for you and me on our time before we are forced to try and scale a mountain after an avalanche.
So ask yourself: Do you care about any of these issues? You should. It’s your country. It’s your neighbors and family. It’s you.
And it’s up to you to make a change.