Oh, My People
As I’ve have gotten older, I tend to reflect more on the nature of people.
People are very generous and selfish.
I have met people who are very intelligent while being arrogant of their stupidity.
People commit atrocities in the name of God for the sake of Mankind.
I have seen people ostracize in the name of tolerance.
I have known people who profess love and act with cruelty.
People will ask for advice and not listen.
People will be generous to charities for strangers while being stingy to those close to them.
I have known people who are awed at the beauty of an animal and then kill it.
I have seen people enthralled by the beauty in nature then destroy it to build something that will allow others to see it more easily.
I have seen people marry to share their lives, then draw lines not to be crossed.
I have seen people in church more concerned with their appearance, than the condition of their souls.
I have heard people venerate the wisdom of the elderly, then, put them in a home.
I have seen a government of the people, for the people, and by the people, lie to the people.
I have experienced a Justice system driven by lawyers and politicians that is unjust.
I have heard people condemn the execution of murderers and then, in the same breath, condone the execution of innocents through abortion.
I have watched a giant retail business, time and time again, claim land and homes from families for the betterment of the community.
I have studied a history that is littered with genocides for the sake of God, Freedom and Humanity.
I was raised with the idea that certain people commanded respect due to title and position, while they lacked it for themselves and gave none to others.
I have met people who like me for the wrong reasons and those that dislike me for the wrong reasons.
If I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don’t know.
This reflection is rewarding and disappointing.
November 11, 2006
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