A Deep Sigh And A Weary MindJune 5, 2013 - Author: newscoma
I haven’t been writing much lately just because I feel like I’ve said everything 20 times over. It’s been nearly eight years on this blog and then for political columns when I was in news in which I’ve been saying that politics doesn’t have to be contentious. I can only repeat the words of Annabelle Clement O’Brien so many times that politics is a beautiful thing when you look at the road we drive on, the schools our children attend and the parks we enjoy.
Has our country gone so far into the abyss that we have lost our grace and compassion for our fellow man? The yelling is deafening. And, as I’ve said before, we have become the human equivalent of Dr. Suess’ Sneetches.
Icons such as Rev. Will Campbell are gone now that saw both sides of the coin and lived with grace and determination. He left a legacy of love and understanding of everyone. As Betsy wrote this morning, his legacy of helping those who felt most helpless is a lesson we all need to know.
I was asked last week by a former congressman what has happened to our news cycles. I told him the first thing that was on my mind that readers of Newscoma know I’ve been saying for years. We are overstimulated by a world that highlights Justin Beiber’s poor decision making skills or Jodie Arias’ trial and ignores that Headstart programs are being shut down. We ignore that corporations are making decisions about our day-to-day lives instead of our elected officials.
There is almost too much to process and it is easy to follow into outrage mode instead of thoughtful consideration of the world around us. We live in a world of media fast food that, just like a quarter pounder with cheese, it fills us up but it isn’t good for us on a daily basis.
He said back to me with a weary look on his face, and I’ve been thinking about this all week, “We have lost the art of governance.” I couldn’t agree more.
I am a Tennessean and a person before I’m a label. And we live in a world of being labeled. During my hiatus, I decided to go talk to people who identify in labels different than myself. It became very interesting, and honestly it was rather beautiful. Many of the people I had discussions with identify as Republicans. It didn’t matter the labels, it mattered that we agreed on far more than we disagreed on. I have also said this before. There wasn’t any yelling or screaming, which is all you see these days on television. There wasn’t any condescending arguments, just thoughtful conversation on everything to healthcare to background checks on gun purchases to the allegations against Pilot Flying J.
Adults can have conversations without trying to throttle each other and we did. The folks that I talked with are just as gobsmacked as I am about the lack of grace and, as the congressman said, the lack of governing in Nashville and Washington.
When you get right down to it, it is simple. People want a decent life. They want friends and family. They do not want to live in fear. They want effective leadership that will make sure a bridge doesn’t fall down when they are driving over the Tennessee River. They want the same things that all of us want. And yet the noise drowns out so much valuable conversation and ability to get our country back on track.
Of course, I’ve said many of these things before and I’m just a “blogger” which is yet another label. So I’ll say this as a person, let us find our own personal grace and pay attention that we are all human beings. And that all of us our extremely tired of the nonsense right now.
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