On a television news report I was watching, a reporter asked people what was the deciding factor in their vote. A woman who looked to be in her seventies had a long answer, but what she said can be reduced down to this: “It’s about me and my money.” What she said made me think about an op-ed I read last week by a conservative columnist.
He said the pivotal moment for this country is the culmination of 50 years of social decay. He compared recent times to the past. In the era from 1870 to 1960, there were vast improvements in society: more community involvement, higher church attendance, more progressive federal spending, and increases in spending by the poor. According to the columnist, the past 50 years has reversed that trend.
Unfortunately, we went from solidarity to individualism. We went from we to me. We went from caring about society as a whole to caring about our own needs. We turn away from so many ills of society when they have no effect on us.
The good news is we can change this not only by an attitude adjustment but by inspiring a new generation of citizens and leaders to work together. I know you’ve heard this before but I’ll say it again, United we stand. Divided we fall.
What do you think? Feel free to comment.