“You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk up on the scene.
Corn, corn, corn. What a corny song!
From the WWII years, this is so silly. Well maybe. Except for the fact that this is what works in life. When you truly understand what is positive and what is negative in life then you have a chance.
That doesn’t mean life will be easy, but the outcome will be so much better, and the ending can be better than the beginning.
Before terrorism, before Watergate, before Viet Nam, or the Kennedy assassination; Before “free love or the “new age” we were different. Something changed, and not for the better, after the “greatest generation” endured the last Great Depression and went on to conquer the great threat to world freedom in WWII.
It has to be obvious that our lives always exist in a never ending dance between cause and effect.
What has happened to us is that we have gotten very lazy, both morally and intellectually. I think you could say that we got in with the wrong crowd. And, because we have become too fat and lazy and complacent and ignorant to combat them, we let them take over.
Also, too many of the voices of reason, like my dad, either weren’t loud enough, or didn’t think their voice would matter, or just had too much of life to contend with and couldn’t get involved, until they began dying off.
And money kills, plenty destroys, and luxury erases all reason. And, those agents of downfall were found in copious amounts in the America of the 20th Century. And we are paying the price today.
The “love of money is the root of all sorts of evil” and danged if we haven’t exported that idea worldwide.
I do know of someone in my hometown who makes about a million dollars a year and gives probably about 90% of that amount to charity, the church, etc. [Yeah 90%!] Of course that is only known by folks close to him. So, it is possible to be truly altruistic even with millions.
But the problem is that America has had so much in the past century that we became fat and lazy, and not just physically obese, but sluggards in many ways.
We have left behind the ideals which worked and made us great.
Do the headlines of today say we are moving ahead ever upward and onward. This is out of the headlines of this past week.
1. “Dead boy lived in squalid home with more than 100 animals.” 2. “St. Petersburg police accuse woman of vampire attack on man.” 3. “Mother hits underwear clad son with shovel.” 4. “Man gets probation for fake orgy ad on Craigslist.” 5. “Mother dresses girl age 3 as a prostitute in Toddlers and Tiaras Pagent.” 6.”Man served warrant for kiddie porn while downloading kiddie porn” & on & on. That is only 4 days worth of MINOR headlines from a couple of towns.
At least until the middle of the 20th century, most Americans had a fairly good idea of what is positive and most importantly, “What WORKS.” Maybe you would have seen one of those headlines in a year from a news report. But then again that isn’t even likely. What is more likely, is that you would have NEVER seen any of those headlines! You wouldn’t have seen them because just that few days worth of events would have been so rare just 50 years ago in America. Now it is literally an every day occurrence.
Cause & Effect!
So what has changed since 1901 or even 1801.
What happened is that we stopped the almost universal use of McGuffey Readers to teach our children.
Of course that isn’t the only thing that has happened, but that is symptomatic of the total disease with which our nation has become afflicted.
Garbage in, garbage out!
I used to explain that phrase to the men in the rehabilitation program. Of course, it probably was first being applied to computers and programming, but is does fit the human condition perfectly.
Today, we have 20 & 30 year olds, well actually an entire nation, which has been inundated almost continually with the garbage of life for the past 40-50 years. We are up to our ankles in raw sewage and we no longer are even able to do what works. It is in our eyes constantly and we have been blinded. As a nation, we smell to high heaven.
Garbage IN THEREFORE, Garbage OUT!