Cynicism, Idealism, and Responsibility

Have you seen the polls that indicate that nearly half of survey respondents think that it’s okay for a police officer to check a phone’s history if that phone’s owner has just been in a car accident?

How about the stories indicating that nearly half of survey respondents felt like, if there is nothing to hide, intelligence agencies can go ahead and continue to track and collect data on phone calls and Internet activity?

What about surveys that demonstrate that nearly or more than half of respondents actually trust their representative or the person they voted into office, be it president, senator, or house member?

These are all evidence that the trend of an ever-growing and increasingly invasive government is not going away, much less approaching a reversal. Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin. And it’s a spendy, profligate, feckless, dishonest, control-mad coin.

It’s time to accept this and find the right place to focus our energies. The bubble will grow and, as bubbles do, will burst. It will be ugly.

Is this a cynical way to look at things? Read the rest of the post and then decide if I’m a cynic or an idealist.

I think it’s probably a better thing to focus on lifting up those around us and helping as many people as possible have the resources and motivation to take responsibility for themselves. I think we might be a stronger force for good if we stop wondering if that person on the corner needs help and just go for it. Help that person.

I think we can each make a difference in someone’s life every day. I think we need to focus on pushing back on the flood of tragedy and negativity and heartbreak that threatens to overwhelm us and lift people.

I don’t need a law to tell me to help others. Neither do you.

What can I do today to brighten someone’s life? Offer a sincere complement? Proffer a real hug? Bring donuts to work? Notice a person in need and LEAP to provide help, without hesitation? NOT RESPOND TO POORLY THOUGHT-OUT COMMENTS ON THE INTERNET?

Don’t wait for laws and leaders to tell you what to do, what to think, or what to feel. God put us here to be agents unto ourselves. Agency means we get to choose, and not choose in a vacuum, but choose between opposing forces. Good and evil. Laziness and hard work. Concern and apathy.

What do you think? Can one person living a life of concerned, immediate service make a greater difference than a law? If so, how? If not, why not?

Share this and let’s get a discussion going, shall we? We need to figure out our role in a world of unresponsive government.

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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