The Indiana Empowerment Challenge
Notes to the People from Onecandream.
Second Thoughts

You know it is easy to do the right thing when things are going good and you have money and all the support you need. It is easy to do the right thing when you are comfortable, and you don't have to out your neck out on the line.

Then it's of like playing golf with your friends. You can go to a homeless shelter and serve food to the hungry and feel good about doing your civic duty as you drive home to your own well cooked meal. You can smile to yourself about how good you are when you put your leftovers in the refrigerator, and take out the left overs from last week that you never could bring yourself to eat, and throw it out... without much of a second thought.

See that's the way we usually do things. Without much of a second thought. We get into our cars and drive to work, the grocery store, the doctor, or just to drive... and we do it with very little actual thought.

Yeah sure, we complain about the gas prices that we are forced to pay because of our automobile dependent society, and some of us have even went to using public transportation in the few areas where it is feasible, but we aren't very good at long term planning.... because we don't give things a second thought.

We widen roads so that we can support more automobiles that more and more people can't afford when we should be expanding our public transportation and decreasing our reliance on a system that is not really working all that great anyway. More and more of us get stuck in traffic jams everyday.... and while me might have wider lanes. most places still don't have adequate sidewalks.... and most people don't even think twice about it, from the safety of your car going sometimes 60 or 70 miles an hour it does not really matter if we have sidewalks...

I have been thinking a lot about how we don't really pay attention to how lucky we are until we are no longer as fortunate. (Yeah, I know I Been telling the members of the ICOIL council that for over a year), but they won't listen... I think like most people they just don't want to. Thinking too much about reality can be scary and discouraging. It is hard to think about how vulnerable we are, and so we generally have a tendency to just turn on the TV, pretend that our favorite fictional show (I have always liked Star Trek) matters more then it does.

In general we don't really pay attention to what we are doing on a day to day bases. We don't give what we consider mundane a second thought... that is until it is not mundane any more.

The only thing that we seem to consistently give second thoughts to is doing the right thing, when it is no longer easy to do the right thing. Not many people would take the time to walk to a homeless shelter, on roads where there were no sidewalks, because they didn't have a car... just so they could help serve those a little less fortunate a meal before walking back home to their own plate of leftovers.... most people would give that a second thought...

and not only that when they did, they would likely decide that rather then to go through all that trouble... maybe I should just stay home and watch a little TV. My favorite show is coming on and I want to see what happens.... Besides it is a lot safer then walking on the side of the road (because there are no sidewalks and even if people are only driving 35 or 40 miles an hour it is still dangerous).

And they would be right, probably watching TV is much safer.... but on second thought... maybe it isn't...

It is easy to do the right thing when things are going good, but I wonder where our world would be if more people were willing to do the right thing even when facing adversity....

It is at least worth a second thought.

2007-08-25 18:09:26 GMT
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