Is the world in as much turmoil as it seems or is it just me paying too much attention to the news — and the things I see around me? That was a rhetorical question. Don’t bother to answer.
In Iraq we have the Sunnis fighting the Shiites and the Kurds are not sure who is doing what to whom. All the so-called progress we made in that country is about to be erased in a matter of mere months — and we don’t really need to get into a discussion, right now, about whether we should have ever gone to Iraq in the first place, or whether we should have withdrawn all our forces when we did. It is all irrelevant. What is not irrelevant is that we are, once again, on the precipice of military action because of jihadists who cannot, apparently, exist without constantly trying to kill somebody, somewhere, in the name of Allah.
Things are completely out of hand in Syria, where that nation’s civil war continues to rage while refugees fleeing the horrors of war are flooding into the nations of the European Union, where people are hard-pressed to take care of their own. In Africa, even Kenya, which had, until recently been relatively stable, Muslim terrorists are attacking Christians at an alarming rate. Hundreds of people have been killed in the past few weeks. Meanwhile, reports out of Egypt claim that hundreds of Coptic Christian girls and women have been kidnapped and forced into Islam, according to the Egyptian Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearances.
In Nigeria, Boko Harem is still holding hundreds of girls captive. Don’t even get me started on Chicago where more than a thousand young black men have been shot by other young black men since Jan. 1 — and almost 200 of them have died. A murder a day — and the rate is down from last year!
Come Lord, Jesus!
How in the world did this big blue marble get in the shape it is in.
I know. I know. There have always been and always will be wars and rumors of war, but really — is this the best the human race can do?
Let’s just forget about the rest of the world for a moment. I know we can’t really do that when a text message can get around the world before you can say “Jack Robinson,” but let’s pretend we can. Let’s just pretend we want to create order in our own house before we venture out into the houses that belong to the folks in foreign lands. Where do we begin?
I think we begin with a look at modern morality. Over the past generation we have chipped away at so much of the foundation upon which America was built — all in the name of tolerance and political correctness — that it is no wonder we seem to be teetering on the brink of ruin. OK. That is just my opinion, but mine is the only one I have. You may think the country, and the world in general, is in great shape. I don’t, and unless we make a huge correction in the current course of our ship of state, we will not recognize this country in 50 years.
I believe that the family unit is the most important aspect of a sound society. Fifty percent of first marriages, 67 percent of second and 74 percent of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Mo. Numbers like that don’t sound good for a society that is supposed to embrace family values.
I believe that children fare much better in school and in life when they live in a home with a mother and a father. Forty-one percent of all children in the U.S. last year were born out of wedlock. That’s almost half. And the number is above 50 percent when you look at children born to women 21 and younger. The number is 72 percent among African-Americans.
If you don’t think there is a correlation between those numbers and the problems we are having with youth crime and incarceration, the number of people living in poverty and the number of people living on government subsistence — and decreasing educational performance — then you just aren’t thinking.
So why today? Why am I spreading all of this doom and gloom today? What brought this about?
Observation brought it about — and wanting a better world for my children and grandchildren to grow old in. So what should we do about it?
One thing we can do is look inward — at ourselves. What’s that old adage? Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me? And we can pray. And we can take part in the political process and become part of the solution instead of the problem.
Or we can bury our heads in the sand and pretend we don’t notice. That’s always a choice. After all, it’s a free country — for now.