Ron Van Winkle and other sordid tales

Coming off of a stressful week and busy schedule is hard.  I kept getting these brilliant ideas of what to post about. I had some cathartic moments with new and old friends.  Found myself being more adult than I ever thought possible, and really wanting to contemplate my choice of words.  Much of what I wrote will eventually end up here. However, I hope to do so when I’m not as emotionally invested in the words.

In the meantime… I saw Ron Paul’s response to criticism of his Chris Kyle comments.  He was lacing rhetoric and feigned sympathy into a response that was scarcely more than a photo op.  He negated to mention that two men, not one, died that day.  Was his sympathy not with the neighbor and close friend that volunteered time?  Maybe he got distracted by all that unconstitutional warring going on.  How does a mentally ill veteran that got discharged from inpatient care, against the pleas from the family, after actively doing every single flag raising cry for help act there is, have anything to do with saying we should never have been there in the first place? How is that a solution? I don’t understand that.  Hey great, you think we shouldn’t have gone there.  What good is that for Chris Kyle or Chad Littlefield?  Are you proposing time travel to save them?

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It’s like me suggesting that instead of banning abortion we make pregnant women go back in time and leave a note on the bathroom mirror that says “Don’t circle home.”   You know what? Eventually, the note won’t be enough ‘cause they’ll think they can avoid it.  Then she’s going to wake up that day and find nine notes pleading with her to please, seriously, just stay home.  How long and bitter is that cycle going to be?  We could just circumvent the time travel part and tell women across America to go ahead and put the note on the bathroom mirror with a crudely drawn diagram of her freshly fertilized egg with a caption that says “This happens when” along with another crudely drawn diagram that I presume I don’t need to explain.    Although, I hear that’s done in elementary schools and doctor’s offices already, and it’s still not sinking in.  Hmmmm.

I have a feeling time travel to prevent war will be just as futile.  The diagram will be on a much larger sticky note.  The gist being that putting the military in hostile countries results in financial obligation, troop loss, and media nightmares.  Maybe include a list of folks that would love to instigate a war.  Then illustrate with a diagram of hugging them all and giving them doughnuts.  No one can be angry while eating doughnuts.  (If they are, it is because they’re bad doughnuts. ) Do you think George W. could have stopped 9/11 with a hug and some doughnuts?  Or is that nonaggression thing one way?  Let it happen then don’t engage?  I’m pretty sure that no matter how hard and furious you place those post it notes, on that bathroom mirror, things would have happened just the same.

You see, with war and with pregnancy, we know what causes them.  But it’s not as simple as saying “Dude, that’s gonna be unpopular, don’t.”  We have to accept that our world isn’t a spontaneous construct of the moment. Generations ago there were policies and plans that put the ball into motion, which set the stage for these wars (and economic/social problems *cough*).  The pregnancy didn’t start the decision to seek an abortion.  Culture, support, education, economics, and morals from the conception of the mother on, played a part in the decision to seek the abortion; and probably before that.

If we wish to change our world, we cannot respond as though the problems and faults we see are new.  Much of what I see in the news today or discussed on Sundays are very much the same social and moral issues that were being discussed a hundred years ago. (Chesterton anyone?)  I feel strongly that we should set aside the restrictions we’ve placed on our thinking and the narcissistic mentality that we’re somehow different and more special because of technology or the passage of time. We should stop trying to define and segregate each aspect of our lives into emotional little checked boxes.  These are labels that flex with time and diminish our capacity to comprehend our world in any depth.  Instead we should be flocking to our libraries, churches, and institutions of learning.  What a wonderful wealth of wisdom and peace awaits us as we rediscover our past, evaluate the actions, and seek to make different decisions.

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