The Wrong Direction

I know I tend to write things that usually have a positive message and are often light and cheery.

This one isn’t light and cheery. So, I apologize. I just needed to get this off my chest. This post is more like a call to action and since this is my blog, I guess I can write about whatever moves me or interests me…so I am being selfish. Indulge me.

I am so done reading the newspaper and watching the nightly news on television.

It seems like things just keep getting worse. Aside from all the horrible stories about psychopaths, natural disasters and the destruction of our planet and its natural resources, I continue to read about the widening gap between the “haves” and the ‘have-nots.”

Those with wealth continue to amass even greater amounts of it while the rest of us are slipping further and further in the wrong direction. Household debt is at an all-time high, bank rates are low enticing us to borrow and we as a society just continue to try to make ourselves happy by buying even more shit that we really don’t need. We are in the shadows of big governments that clearly are dysfunctional, led by people who say they have new ideas and fresh approaches but are ultimately just more of the same. People are less healthy, more lazy and angrier (evidence in the modern day concept of “road rage”).

What is worse is a new generation is seeing our bad habits and embracing them as well. Our young children are being swept up in the mass consumerism mentality of their parents; what you have isn’t good enough until you replace it with something better, buy clothing that makes you feel like one of the gang, instead of celebrating your uniqueness and individuality, aspire to buy that high-performance vehicle that you will never have the chance to really enjoy because of city street speed limits and uber-construction. Even better, we watch television shows about regular people who have no particular talent or skill but become famous for being famous. Alan Thicke, the Canadian actor said it best on “Real Time With Bill Maher” recently, the “Snookification” of society.

All of our good sense, love and respect towards one another is slowly disappearing.

The Great American (and maybe, Canadian) Dream has been horribly distorted and everything seems to be headed in the wrong direction.

I often wonder about what it will take to shake people from their stupor, allowing them to re-evaluate their lives and begin to place emphasis on what is most important.

North Americans are idiots. We are eating ourselves into sickness, we are dumber than ever, we are over-worked, gluttons for products we cannot afford and don’t really need and feel superior to the rest of the world.

Yet time and time again, we hear of how other countries in other parts of the world live lives that are longer and more fulfilling because the emphasis is on all the right things; they eat well, have ample time to relax, don’t live beyond their means, aren’t absorbed in mass consumption and are appreciative for their lives.

For us, its all about “he who has the most toys, wins!”. Those that have the biggest houses, the most cars, the fanciest clothes and all the electronic toys and whistles are superior, better and have what everyone else wants.

It is nonsense. However, many of us have been brainwashed and are addicted to wanting more. It has nothing to do with what we need but unfortunately, everything to do with what we want.

Just by simply changing these two little words, we can experience so much relief from the pressures of working to buy stuff that we do not need.

Food, water, clothing and shelter are the necessities of life. When did our list of necessities expand to include everything from UGGs to IPads, BMW’s, mansions filled with overpriced furnishings, flat screen TV’s and Xboxes? This list is becoming unnecessary and too large.

Governments and our own stupidity have allowed us to get into the pickle we are in now. Something has to change and it has to be substantial in scope.
To continue on the way we are means a death spiral into something I can’t even imagine.

A female friend of mine recently said that for as far back as history is documented, we have been lead by males; literally and figuratively. As a result, we have had war, people have died, fortunes have been made at the expense of the innocent, morals have been corrupted…basically, the whole world has been shot to hell because of this way of thinking.

In recent years, we are beginning to see a shift. People are becoming fed up with the status quo. Fat cats are the enemy of the majority and there seems to be a consensus that something has to change. The old way of doing things isn’t working and many are seeing different ways of living. Many men who have been relegated to the role of “bread-winner” are taking more active roles in the raising of their children and their responsibilities in the house, many women are rising to prominence with better ideas that are sound and solid but coming from a much different and better place.

The change will be slow. But, what has taken thousands and thousands of years to bugger up, is going to take even longer to fix. It won’t happen in my lifetime and might not even happen in my grandchildren’s.

However, we can wake up and accelerate the process by simply saying “no”.

We need to create a new dream that is filled with respect, appreciation (of each other and of nature), love and peace.

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About I'm Just A Dad

Stephen Gosewich is just a Dad (he is a former Enlightened Male but decided to change the name because when you search Enlightened Male, "other...wink, wink" are displayed. He spends his days during the week as a working stiff. At all other times, he just enjoys hanging out with his best friend and wife and their two very active and inspiring daughters.
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