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They Don’t Fall from the Sky

August 22, 2008

I won’t embed the video due to content, but I appreciate this sentiment from the late George Carlin.

Via Jawa Report:

Now there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians, everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall from the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American Universities and they’re elected by American citizens…If you have selfish, ignorant citizens you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.

This is essentially the same sort of thing I’ve been saying to anyone who will listen to me for years now. Our political system is the product of our culture and society, and our culture and society are the products of each of us individually. If our political system is corrupt, it is because our society is corrupt.  If our society is corrupt, it is because our society is made up of corrupt individuals.

Personally, I don’t think our society is corrupt, or at least that it is not completely corrupted. We have problems and they need to be addressed.  The way to do it, I think, is the way so few seem to seem willing to try, however — it is to look within ourselves and improve what we find there.

There are far too many people among us who are far too willing to blame the problems they perceive in our world (whether those are objective problems or the world not comforming to their subjective views) on others.  These other people may be vague or very definite, such as people with different political or economic views. All too often, the blamed group become targets of ridicule and anger. Of course, ridicule and anger don’t solve any problems. Yelling and screaming don’t change minds, especially if you’re yelling and screaming about subjective opinions and not factual truth.

But I digress.  The way to truly fix the problems we have is to rid ourselves, each and every one, of the hatred and blame. We rid ourselves of dishonesty, greed and selfishness. We begin to care more about the welfare of other others and about getting along with the people we meet regardless of differing views — even if other peoples’ views don’t include giving us the same courtesy.  Then we raise our children to do the same.

Eventually, our children, our grandchildren and so on will be the politicians, the business owners and the community organizers. If they have been raised right, if they do not automatically hate or dismiss others because they are too tolerant or not tolerant enough or because of political or religious differences, then the change will have been made.

At least, that’s what I think.

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