July 5, 2008 09:10
As a family we are on our Summer RVing trek. For almost 4 weeks we are traveling Hagerstown, MD ... Frederick, MD ... Washington D.C. ... Philadelphia, PA ... and Watkins Glen, NY.
We made the Metro ride into D.C. the other day and walked through many of the Museums, visited some monuments, and walked by many historical buildings and places of interest like the Capitol building, the Whitehouse, FBI building, Treasury Dept., State Dept., NSA, the Pentagon, and many others along the way.
One of the most interesting things about watching a movie for the 2nd time or traveling to a destination for the 3rd time is that the most obvious things aren't as obvious any more. You start to notice things you hadn't noticed before. That' what D.C. was like for me this time. The power infrastructure brought to my attention through the buildings themselves. It's often easy to think of corporation CEO's, Congressmen, Senators, Heads of State, and event the President as somehow super-human. Not from super-hero traits like leaping tall buildings in a single bound, but more from the point of view that they are 'better' than you or me.
Not that they don't have what society would consider great accomplishments and not that they havn't earned respect. But what triggers our brains to think of our nation's leaders or large corporation CEO's as somehow a 'step above' you and I.
Fundamentally they aren't any different than you and I. They have 5 fingers, 5 toes, two feet, one head, two eyes, one mouth, two ears, and one brain. They've eaten hamburgers and hotdogs and probably have a favorite home-cooked dish their mom made for them. They get stressed out, have bad days, and sometimes don't want to get out of bed. They stub their big toe and do the one foot hopping dance somehow hoping that will ease the pain. They even have a soul and feelings, even though it may not seem like it at times.
My point in all of this is that it's an interesting thought when you realize that the person sitting in a cabinet meeting ... their ankle might hurt from a fall they took on their back deck over the weekend ... yet they are sitting their advising the President on matters that might and will affect generations to come.
Isn't it time we stopped minimizing our own affect on society, stopped complaining about govt, and made a difference ourselves on the generations to come? You may not be sitting as a member of Congress next week, not that you couldn't be, but you may be sitting at the dinner table of your own home listening to your son or daughter tell of the plans for their future ... do you sit idle and listen without advice or encouragement? Or do you start making a difference in the generations to come right where you are ... with your bandaged left thumb that you cut while peeling potatoes...
It's your choice ... you decide more in 2008 than the next President!