The Only Way Out
The Way Forward
Sometimes the only way forward is to go back to the beginning.
We journey backwards, so we can reorient ourselves. Once we were on the mountaintop and saw the path before us, but then we descended into the valley and discovered we left our compass behind; we forgot the view from the summit.
We wander and the vista we once saw is forgotten. We say, “Just show me the path in the maze of brush and trees, and I will get to where I want to go.” No you won’t; no we won’t.
The journey is more than a path through the trees; it is a memory of the vision from the mountaintop. The higher perspective is the principles and ideals upon which the country was founded. We cannot go forward as a people or as a nation simply looking for a path through the woods. The guiding vision and vista from the mountaintop cannot be forgotten. It is our guiding light, but we have forgotten, and the darkness of the forest envelops us.
We have lost our sense of rightness and our ideals. We wander in the woods. For instance, in a recent national election, the people elected a congressional candidate who prior the election assaulted a reporter. (True: absentee ballots already processed could not be rescinded, but I’ll bet there were signs of this kind of behavior that were ignored by some people.)
Political agenda and issues are being placed above character, principles and ideals. This is why I say, “Sometimes the only way forward is to go back to the beginning.”
I am willing to put aside my political agendas in order to elect candidates with character who embody our country’s ideals and principles. Let’s put aside political agenda for a time and get the nation back on track. Let the vision of the mountaintop live in us again. Let us feel the excitement of our founding fathers who established a nation for the people, by the people.
In the recent 2016 presidential election, white evangelical Christians and Catholics voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. They did so for political reasons. This is reasonable since it was a political election, but consider that the principles espoused by Jesus were lacking in the Trump candidacy. The principles of Christianity were set aside for political agendas.
During the campaign, Mr. Trump advocated violence toward protesters, even offering publicly to pay for those who assaulted them. He was disrespectful of women and revelations from his past revealed how deep was his misbehavior as it became evident he tried to seduce a married woman. The list goes on…
Political agenda trumped character, principles and our country’s ideals. We have lost our way and wander in the forest of our many personal and political agendas while forgetting the view from the mountaintop. The direction we travel is directionless. It is a circle that is steadily creating a vortex pulling us into darkness where we see only trees; where we see only our personal, political agendas, instead of the forest view from the mountaintop.
There Is A Way Out
By now you know the theme of this blog. We the people have the power to change what is happening. The president is an important position, but what is more crucial right now and in the next election cycle is Congress. At this time, Congress is where the change must take place.
I do not believe an angry, violent, prejudiced “majority” exists in our country; I do believe a complacent, lost in the woods majority does. That’s the problem.
We circle in the woods. The power of the vortex increases. The only way out is to return to the beginning. To silently sit with our founding fathers and marvel at their creativity and allegiance to ideals and principles that provide everyone an opportunity of the pursuit of happiness. Tears moisten our cheeks as we stand with them on the mountaintop and see the path that is before us.