How do you define the character of a nation? Is it found in the generosity of the people that make up the population of a said nation? Perhaps, it is located in their willingness to stand up for the oppressed and weak. Does its willingness to house immigrants lend credence to the character of a nation? Does the strength of a nation’s character only matter if the nation is perfect in its history of dealing with other races/religions/sect?
These questions came to me yesterday when I was sitting in our flea market booth watching the rain pelt the ground. Every nation has flaws. Scars and black eyes from past mistakes are part of every nation’s history. In American history, slavery provided us with our biggest stain. Yet, in other parts of the world, slavery is still happening. Why is it such a show-stopper here in America? 200+ years later, the topic of slavery will not die.
To clarify, I do agree that slavery was a bad move in our country’s history. Yes, slavery, racism, sexism, and all of the other isms and phobias are wrong. However, in America, these things are viewed from a more stringent level of disdain. Slavery is wrong! Yep, I totally concur. Yet, when it is encountered in religion or some other geographical location, it is just business as usual.
In our history, we abolished slavery. Granted, a war was fought to end it, but it was ended nevertheless. The Civil Rights movement ended segregation. I don’t understand why we are still stuck in the past. Exactly how many hundreds of years must pass before we move on? In no way am I trying to diminish what has occurred. However, we have amended our ways. We have tried to correct our mistakes and learn from them.
A knight in shining armor is a person who has never proven their mettle. This bit of Facebook wisdom is how I feel about my country. Do you trust people who have never proven their loyalty to you or do you trust the person who has fought in the trenches with you? America has made plenty of mistakes. There is no shame in that. Shame would come if we never tried to do better. “Complacency is the kiss of death”– Shari Redstone.
Anyway, I figured I would try to answer some of my questions via my blog. I have failed. However, if life has taught me anything, its that we should never be satisfied with what we have accomplished. We should push ourselves to reach the next pinnacle. Life, glory, and accolades are to those who continue to strive. The same goes for America and nations. We should strive to be better than we have been in the past.
You guys take care. I will catch up with y’all soon.