Wednesday, March 7, 2012

America Has Changed


Lately many people are concerned that America is no longer the country it once was.  And I say, of course it isn't.

When America was first born it was a place of survival.  As we approached and inhabited this new land, we encountered the Indians (who were here first),  illness, extreme weather, and shortage of food. That's how "America was" in the beginning.  Immigration had begun, I guess you could say, and the land began to be populated.

War came and went.  War with Indians, war with Spain, war with the Redcoats, and finally war with each other.  

Time passed, America entered the Industrial Revolution and the days were ripe with discovery.  Think it up, build it, produce it.  Anyone could invent something. This new world was wide open.

We finally let women vote, decided alcohol was not totally evil after all, and fought a couple more really big wars.  When they were over, our soldiers came home, built homes, and had families.  Moms all stayed home, cooked family dinners, raised children, and most everyone went to church on Sundays and Wednesday nights.  But eventually birth control pills changed the world, sexuality loosened up, moms went to work, found their voice and their rights.  

And sexuality continued to loosen up more and more and more and more.  Church changed from two days a week to 24/7 streaming on laptops and cable TV.  Fewer family dinners, more eating out and latchkey kids.  The Information Age bombarded us with more than we ever needed to know...but isn't it fun.....and maybe more bizarreness and images than we ever needed  to see.

No doubt you like some of the changes but not all of them.  The "bad changes" are no one person's fault.  Not President Obama, not President Bush, not President Clinton either.  No one gets all the blame or all the praise. 

So yes, America has changed.  Yes, America will never be the same.  It never has stayed the same.  Why would we think we could put our kickstands down now...and just keep it the same because we "like it this way".   It's up to each of us to make our little sphere as good as we can make it.  To deal with the changes and help each other along the way.  But let's not think that blaming and shaming will help.  It won't.  We live in a dynamic country, a dynamic world.   The only constant, they say, is change. Change what is around you for the better.  Teach your children to do the same.  And don't lament change.  Work with it and know it is as normal as breathing.

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    1. Thanks CP. Very simplistic I know.

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  2. Well spoken is right, but I do think some things should not change.
    But enough of that! Loved the post Sandra!

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    1. I agree Susan. I'd love some things to stay as is too. I just hate all the scary rhetoric about how awful it all is. Trying for positivity!

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  3. Good summary of how things have changed and isn't it wonderful. Can't wait to see what the next years bring.

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    1. Thx Carole, It will be interesting, that's for sure!

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  4. What a sane and balanced post. I wonder when people long for the good old days, if the people living in those good old days thought they were good. Native Americans probably don't remember those early days of America as so great, for example! And people who long for the glory days of the South are probably not African American! And what exactly is the "real" America that some politicians keep promising to go back to?? Great post!

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    1. Thx Galen. It would be interesting to talk to those who've lived before us, that's for sure.

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