It’s All A Game….

March 16, 2015

2015-03-02_20-40-42I have been blogging for about eight months now over at InSearchOfAmerica. It is quite different from this one in that it is dedicated to looking at all the great things about this country that I have discovered throughout my many years. Over there I talk about what is right about America. I continue to be amazed by how great this country is in so many ways. I am now in the process of putting in somewhat detailed travelogues documenting my many trips around this great country. It is fun posting there even if my visit count is only 10% of here.

I love America and wouldn’t have wanted to be born anywhere else.  I love America but it is not perfect and that is more or less a major theme for RJsCorner. It is about trying to get a better understanding of things we do and don’t do. I know I often get somewhat critical of America when it comes to not doing things we should be doing and not learning lessons from the rest of the world where they get it right.  I have been in a hyper-reflection mode in these thoughts for most of the current year.

I have come to the conclusion lately that one of our major problems in why we can progress in some areas is that life has just become too much of a game for us. It is about winning and as Vince Lombardi said we rationalize that is the only thing that matters.  I am afraid that we are throwing the moral high ground of our founding fathers out the window in favor of winning at all costs. It’s all a game to many of us and that mentality has throughly soaked into way too many of us in the country.

If you believe in any of the hype put out by all the lawyer/police shows that permeate our airways, lawyers don’t really care that much about “justice for all”. It is about winning and that means beating the other side at all costs. So those who chose to be Republican fixate on beating those who chose to be Democrats. We rationalize that since we are the good guys they must be the bad guys. Common good is not much of a player when it comes to lawyers it seems and since the majority of our government representatives are lawyers that has polluted the entire system.  It’s all about the game…

When a leader of the opposition party does something we must do everything to defeat that idea no matter what it is or who it affects. It’s all about the game.  We as a society are just to fixated on us vs. them and the word “compromise” has as a result become a dirty word to be avoided at all costs. No one likes ties. Everything is black/white, win/lose, good guy/bad guy; there is no middle ground. It’s all “about the game…

Is it even possible to reverse this trend in order to accomplish some levels of forward progress? I simply don’t know the answer to that question right now. Maybe just recognizing the problem is, well, half the problem. There is just too much spite and hate going through the country right now. It seems to have almost snuffed out any common bonds we might have had in the past.  It greatly saddens me to see this happening. It’s all a game to too many of us. Win at all costs; beat the other guy. NO COMPROMISE!!  It’s all a game.  When will we ever come to realize that fact?

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2 responses to It’s All A Game….

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    I wonder if part of our problem is that we have had things go our way (or at least for most of us) for so long that it is now the “normal” that we get what we want and deserve. Perhaps we need a good crisis of one sort or another where no one is getting what they want/deserve to get people to start working together again since in reality, we’re all in this together. It is unfortunate that we don’t realize that until we lose it in the face of some type of major catastrophe.

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      I can always count on you Mike to add some additional insight into my posts. Yeah, thinking we need and deserve all the stuff we want is a part of this problem too. I just finished reading an article in Time magazine (yeah I still get the paper copy) about how 75% of the garages in America are filled with stuff that has overflowed our residence. I often kid, but there is some truth to the fact, that off-site storage lockers are the number one business in the U.S.

      Yeah a good crisis usually brings us back to some level of sanity but I still remember that when Mr. Bush invaded Iraq he told all of us to go about our lives as usual. No sacrifices needed… Maybe when China eventually turns off the spigot will be the crisis you mentioned?

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