What we value…


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Take a step back and look outside of yourself.  Look at the things that you have.  Look at the things that you do.  Look at these things and activities carefully and as objectively as possible.   I think that these things are indicative of what we, as a society, value.

When you look around you, do you see things like this…

Do you have these things…

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Or are you taken up with…

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What about professional sports?  Is Alex Rodriguez’ job as a professional baseball player ($28m/yr) worth more than a professional teacher (approx $44k) to the tune of over 630 times more? As a society, we pump billions of dollars into the promotion of these “things”.   Is there something wrong with this picture?

Nearly every school district in the United States struggles with funding.  They run mill levies to scrape a few thousand dollars to help with buying text books.  The U.S. has over 750,000 homeless citizens and nearly 40 million people without health insurance.   We fund wars with no purpose other than padding the coffers of the 1%.   Are these the “things” that we value?

I would like to see a society that places value in education, health care, and promoting the welfare of its citizens.  I would like to see a society that doesn’t accept everything at face value, but rather, uses a critical lens.   We need to promote critical thinking.  We need to question our leaders and take control of our government.  We need to stand for what we believe and place value in those things that are truly valuable.

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5 responses to “What we value…”

  1. barack2012 says :

    Damn EXCELLENT commentary=Thank You!!!

  2. Barneysday says :

    Our values are upside down, with sports held in higher esteem than education. Need proof? See any collegiate team/school. Great post, thank you.

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