Are you as optimistic about the next year as I am? I mean, hey, it is not easy to be optimistic in the face of all the chaos and destruction, but we have to have hope, right? While many humans across our little blue marble are struggling to survive day to day, we in the west squabble about I-phones versus Samsung Galaxies! But I have hope.
I am approaching my 65th year of travel around the sun. I never thought I would make it to forty and yet here I am. Liberals are probably not rejoicing, but I think my kids are. Mom is still alive and all my five siblings and three cousins are still alive and kicking. Our interlude of life will of course come to an end someday and hopefully, we can all meet up in heaven. Now that takes some faith!
But first we have to take a look at the planet and its upcoming year of one orbit. What have we got? Well, maybe the little fact that we are alive and we know we are alive? That is unique to humans here on earth and as far as we know, the universe. So, to me, we cannot squander that gift. I appreciate life. I know most people on the planet do, except maybe some misguided "jihadists" of the Islamic faith. Maybe a few other that are missing some important cells between their ears too. But for the most part, humans like life. We like to succeed. We Christians, and most faithful people want others to be happy and prosper.
But of course we have to deal with many things that are not to happy. We Americans are perhaps the best example of success for humans the planet has ever seen. We work hard to give a better life to our fellow citizens and with the largess we accumulate from our hard work, we spread it to others. Countries and individuals. Sure we have our own problems here in the USA but most of the time we try to solve those differences peaceably and with compassion. We sometimes fail but I think the human condition sometimes does not allow people too recognize their success. So, we have some unrest between us and then we try to solve the reasons why.
America is a place our ancestors saw as a sanctuary for those that treasured freedom. From the year 1776, when they started to push back against the tyranny of a King until now, most Americans have taken their "freedoms" for granted. The blood of our brothers and sisters in military campaigns across the globe and a few here within our borders should give everyone pause who doubts the desire of those for freedom. Of course we are not a perfect place, or a perfect people or even a form of government, but alternatives, what is better?
I look at America as one great big family unit. We all know about the dynamics of the family. Mom and Dad raise us and try to instill good values in us. We kids usually get along but many end up fighting each other for any number of reasons. We fight, sometimes reconcile and sometimes not. Some hate, carry grudges or care not for anyone else. Others love and prize family and "blood" ties and the bonds are unbreakable. America abounds in every conceivable combination of human emotion and ties.
So overall I am optimistic we can keep America a great [place even though the world is full of those that want to come and take what we have created. We must stay vigilant. We cannot let people slip ideas and laws into the lives of our free people that endanger us. Those that wish to destroy us use every subterfuge to fool us. Whether it is the devaluation of human life, (Rob Roy(1995), a great pro-life movie) or hoaxes like "global warming" or the race hustlers using skin color to divide us. We must stay wary and question. We must educate each other and our next generation in freedom. 2015 will be a good year, stay positive, don't let the negatives overwhelm us.