United States of Adolescence.

As the State of Texas pushes forward to foolishly join other states with open-carry legislation and the US Congress continues to bolster war spending and cut vital social safety nets, I thought of this spot on insight from Richard Rohr:

In the first half of life, success, security, and containment– “looking good” to ourselves and others– are almost the only questions. They are the early stages in Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs”. In a culture like ours still preoccupied with security issues, enormously high military budgets are never seriously questioned by Congress or by the people, while appropriations reflecting the later stages in the hierarchy of needs, like those for education, health, care for the poor, and the arts, are quickly cut, if even considered. The message is clear that we are largely an adolescent culture.~ from Falling Upward. 

In short, our leaders legislate like teenagers  Short sighted.  Driven by emotion and fear.  Selfish.  But the only ones to blame are the people who put them in power.

 

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2 comments

  1. I would have to respectfully disagree about the military budgets being questioned. There were a few months that paychecks and resources on military bases were on hold and not available to service members in the last couple years because of Congress adjusting the budget. Also, I would beg to differ about it being high seeing as my husband was only paid about 25 grand in salary for his time overseas. (And that is me being conservative on the high end). While I do agree that there needs to be more focus on education and health, I don’t think it should be at the sacrifice of our military members.

    • I never replied to this. Apologies. In my dream budget we’d fully support personnel and veterans and only spend money on the equipment the military actually asks for and needs. It seems there are many pet projects merely for the sake of saying a certain congressman created jobs for his/her district.

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