We have an election coming here in the United States. I’m sure that’s obvious to anyone on the internet. I find myself caring less and less about the government. That doesn’t mean I won’t use my voice to tell the leadership when I think something is wrong. It’s absolutely essential that we keep them in line, no matter if they’re at city hall or in the White House. I feel we’ve become too complacent in the last however many eons of government rule that have passed. Far too many people think that elected officials should be the ones to fix X, Y, and Z. That they pay taxes for these people to handle things. While that is true, it only goes so far.
I hope I don’t sound like a libertarian when I say this, but government is far too involved in our lives. And it’s not the government who necessarily forced themselves upon us (we can have a discussion on conspiracy theories about this some other day 🙂 ). I believe we depend too much on the government to handle things for us. It’s like they are an extension of our parents. We need to stop waiting for someone to come in to save us and to make things better.
The more we come together as a people to fix what’s broken, the better things will be. Depending on the government to fix drug epidemics, or crime, or anything else won’t create a lasting impact on society as a whole. We need to be the ones to make the change. The laws and financing of research should only be a secondary step from a movement among the people.
This may sound rather philosophical and not practical, but I always admire the people on this planet who do not wait until the government changes. They create community organizations that find solutions to heal and build their communities. They stand up to corporate greed to save the planet. They are even little kids who see a problem and end up making a difference in many people’s lives. We get to acknowledge the people who see the problems and bring a solution to the table. We get to encourage people to see that they can make a difference in other’s lives. It may not make a world wide change, but the ripple will be felt.