A Remedy Reflection On Individual Character
In Roman times, it was called the mob, or “mob rule.” It was the stirring up and manipulation of the masses by the ruling class. The Romans easily swayed the population and rewarded their allegiance with “Bread and Circuses.” Today, politicians and media are still using this tactic, stirring up divisiveness, encouraging group think, and promising enticing items such as “free” healthcare, “free” college tuition, wage manipulation, government control of natural resources to induce “environmental outcomes,” reparations, and more. This dishonest approach still sways part of the population, but I’m happy to see that a large part of our citizenry is rejecting the group think, and is beginning to walk the path of Individual Character, that is, we’re not believing the political rhetoric and lies of the media, and we’re thinking for ourselves. The sales of Mark Levin’s excellent book, Unfreedom Of The Press, (Simon & Schuster, Inc.,) and its five consecutive weeks at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller List are indications that the civil society is rejecting the packaged ‘Fake News’ of the media, and is relying on better sources for truth and transparency of where we are as a society.
Individual Character is indeed being reflected in this aspect, but also in many other facets of society. I am greatly encouraged to see that more individuals are taking initiative and seeking knowledge in the realms of Nutrition and Exercise to better themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. I see a large increase in products entering the market that are organic, contain minimal ingredients, and whose parent companies are definitely thinking outside the box. Also, we are witnessing the Fitness Industry expanding in different, unique directions, with creativity and ingenuity. Of course, some will be trends that come and go, but it is the freedom to create and drive something new that is such a beautiful reflection of Individual Character.
It is Individual Character, that uniquely American quality, that sets us apart from a collectivist world focused on globalism. I’m appreciating the re-emergence of this characteristic in areas of business, trade, authorship, sports, medicine, and the economy. Once it gains momentum, as it did in the 80’s, it may fuel us in ways that we never imagined. My hope is that it begins to strengthen the American psyche, helping people break free of self-doubt and emotional insecurities. This seems to be the one area that is lagging behind. Part of this slower advance may be related to our fast-paced society. Sometimes, when the engine is working on full steam, it is difficult to apply the brakes and see where we are going. For many individuals, getting caught in a web of technology traps them into a way of thinking that distracts one from dealing with issues in a constructive way. When issues pile up, they become overwhelming. I think, in time, we as a society will find our way in this as well. We’ll strike a balance, where Individual Character will sort through the complicated bombardment of the technological world, and begin to shine and grow to new levels.
Confidence is building all around us. It has the potential to set the pathway to a new era of adventure and growth. We just have to be ourselves, have courage, and take the first steps as individuals. We cannot let anything define us, but our Individual Character.
Think for yourself!!!
Have a safe & happy 4th Of JULY!!!
Take a moment to read The Declaration Of Independence aloud, and reflect on how Individual Character shaped our great nation from the very beginning.
God Bless America.
Until next month,
~ John D.