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.