We can agree to disagree
TO THE EDITOR
Respect. Fairness. As a former classroom teacher, I have always thought these values were so important. Children learn from the adults in their lives.
We are privileged to live in a republic over 200 years old. Lively debates have always been part of the mix. It troubles me today to see and hear such lively debates, from ALL sides, become PERSONAL attacks, hateful talk, bully-like tirades. We can AGREE to disagree, but with respect, fairness. The next generation is watching, listening to our example!
Respect, fairness should be a guide in choosing our news sources. As my father used to lament years ago, "Do you believe EVERYTHING on television? Is Facebook a news source? How can one trust published magazines, like Time, which repeatedly mock the same person on their cover, two to three times per month? Is there nothing ELSE newsworthy in the world that week? Bashing, ridiculing one another at all levels! Have the bullies from playgrounds become adults, carrying on in the same fashion?
Moving to this area in 2013, I enjoy reading the New Richmond News. I look for respect and fairness in the articles, and their placement of importance in this local paper. However, I have seen even subtle ways in which political emphasis is given to some people serving in government as opposed to others.
Have you noticed that if the News agrees with one's views, the reader often will find that official's picture on the front page with a complimentary article?
Others serving, if lucky, may have a piece written and placed near the obituaries, with no picture. Hmm. Fairness. Let the reader take note.
When our children were teens, I had this verse taped on the fridge: "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Let's "raise the bar," adults, fellow Americans.
Join me in daily praying for our leaders in government at ALL levels. One can easily do this, putting names within Psalm 140 and 1 Timothy 2:1,2.
Respect. Fairness. Important words to live by. Let's be a GOOD example for the young ones in our midst!
Selfishness (lessons in cosmic humility)
TO THE EDITOR
Selfishness can only come about when one takes him or herself too seriously. A selfish person, perhaps, is one who clings to the importance or relevance of his identity out of fear of being forgotten, neglected, or decimated. Thus, out of a private existential terror, he puts himself first. He is the man who budges in line at the supermarket, passes you on the highway even though you're already doing five miles over the speed limit, always sideswiping the other human beings in his life in order to obtain his own desires - his desires, his attachments, are ranked as the most important, most significant. In the eyes of this man, every other man and woman is illusory, negligible. What an eye-opening wonder if he were to realize that he is also illusory and in the grand scheme of the cosmos, quite negligible.
Lessons in cosmic humility.