• Jacqueline Gum

    Oh boy howdy! I have been stressed more than normal over these issues as of late. Several times, I have bowed my head and asked…what the hell is going on??? I fear the world has gone mad and nobody is noticing! So it’s comforting to know that you are Susan! I guess my thinking has gone towards the idea of how MUCH we are judging everything and everybody and how we suddenly feel justified in vilifying everything that we don’t agree with. I feel like a great void of empathy has engulfed us. Who really is “right” in any issue? We are flooded with so much information on both sides of any argument, I think that people become immune to important issues and then become paralyzed! It’s a conundrum!

  • Oh, dear: it’s all too much to bear for certain. “Compassion, understanding and compromise.” I know I still have this. I know you still have this. I know many people still operate daily from this position.

    Still, I do not see it in all our leaders, in people who we are setting up as the role models. If I am judging them, I am sorry Jacqueline. I love what said in your comments: “how MUCH are we judging …?”

    Societally, we’ve turned away from God.

    Societally, we’ve moved toward political correctness as if to speak the truth is a sin.

    Societally, we are overwhelmed when wasn’t technology supposed to free us?

    Susan, you ask a wonderful question: “but do we know where we’re really headed?”

    May I add, are we willing to LOOK at where we’re really headed? Or are we happy to turn away from it?

    I’m doing what I am able as well. Maybe we need to start a movement from the ground up. Someone must, don’t you think?

  • Julie

    You have captured my own thoughts perfectly. I sure wish we could figure this out and make some positive changes. Did you hear about that poor officer in NY who recently died from being shot? He was so young.

  • The world has always been a crazy place, the context just changes. All we can do is try to be more responsible citizens on an individual basis and be thankful for those who amass enough of a voice to urge others to positive action. The 80% statistic of people not voting is just insane, but does make sense when so many feel their voice matters so little.

  • I think the world has been a crazy place for a long time, but the goalposts move on different issues. I think we have to remember despite the horrors that still go on worldwide, how far many countries have come in terms of civil rights for women, people of color & gays and lesbians, as well as the ability to choose whether or not to practice one’s religion without fear or prejudice. It is still far from perfect for any number of groups in many countries. I think worldwide issues can feel an overwhelming burden if you try to take them on at once. Whenever I feel like that, then I try to think locally. How can I effect change either in myself or in my community? Many big issues have been solved by movements that have started with one person. The longest journey begins with one step. Small steps are often the best kind to take.

    • That is very good advice Kathy. It’s always good to remember that. I, for one, appreciate the reminder. Hugs.

  • Pat Ruppel

    I join you in your cry out for answers and understanding — my heart hurts, too. I have no answers, but maybe, like you, we can begin with ourselves. You care and that counts and it’s a good place to start. We all have to work together to make things better and right the wrongs and that comes from love.

    I don’t think we can do it the way we’ve done it before. It hasn’t worked. We each have a part to play but, for me, I think we have to look within to find our direction on what that is.

  • I’m always amazed when a politician starts a sentence, “I’m not a scientist but….(fill in the blank).” Mainly that blank is that climate change is a myth. If you don’t know anything, keep your mouth shut. Glaciers are melting in the Arctic and warm waters off Cape Cod are driving fish further north, on and on. When will the focus of lawmakers be on making the world a better place to live and not only on their poll numbers and the next election.

    • That is very well said. I couldn’t agree with you mreo Jeannette. It’s time we get on with doing the right thing.

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    You make an excellent point, Susan, of walking in another’s shoes. Our world could use a good dose of compassion and empathy, instead of hastily jumping to conclusions and getting all judgemental. Isn’t it interesting that the ones doing the most talking often have the least to say??!

    • Thanks Krystyna, How did we get this far in such a bad state? I agree, the negative talkers are the ones who are doing the damage, all in the guys of affecting change. Sign!

  • Bloody great post,and some pretty good posts that’s for sure.

    • Thanks Jo-Anne, If we all do our part we actually might save our world.

  • James Barnes

    We are taking giant strides backwards, becoming more uncivilized, less educated—our supposed leaders worship the god of money and are hell bent on take us down the road of not only ruin but no return. Truly sad.

    • Indeed we are. We can do our part to affect change in small steps, but we must start now. It’s also time that the 80% get out there and vote.

  • Margaret Duarte

    You are doing your part, Susan. Thank you.

  • Wow! Susan. Great post.

    You are right. The World seems odd now and we seem to be doing things without actually thinking about the consequences. The good news is that people like you are what will make the difference in our world.

    Your message is a reminder that we need to get our acts together and think about how we can make a difference in our world so that it can become a fun and wonderful place to be.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Gosh, can’t believe I almost misses this deep post! It’s a lot to think about for sure. We definitely had an awakening when we were traveling and saw how other societies survived and thrived. It made us realize we weren’t doing everything right in the US… and it made me really appreciate being born in the US. I don’t know about the state of politics, but I am encouraged when I see the major changes of the last couple of weeks (gay marriage, anti-racism, etc)… maybe we will be alright 🙂

    • Aw, Dan, you would understand my message. You’ve seen things others should see and get what needs to change. My brother has lived oversee longer than he’s lived in his home country and has often said, although we aren’t perfect, most don’t understand how lucky we. He truly believes if every American were required to live in another country for a year they would come back with a new respect of what we have and how to affect positive change.