The other day I was driving by the new house that the Wesleyan college president lives in and had a thought. You know the house I mean, the one on the old Dairy Road that they bought for the new president while they were determining what 20-some people to let go from the college because they had financial problems.
Anyway, I looked at that house and I thought about how they had let those people go from their jobs and thought that they really missed a great teaching moment right there. Isn’t that what institutions of higher education are supposed to be doing, teaching? It seems like it would’ve been a perfect time to teach these young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders how to be compassionate when making difficult decisions.
And because money talks, then that is perhaps the one place where we can make government and the rich people behind them listen to us. And by that I mean if we quit giving these people money they have to listen to us. We certainly can’t do this easily. The people who own these governments, our government, have their finger in almost everything we do in our daily life. But if we think about it and hold back just a little bit every time we get a chance, we might be able to make them feel the pinch.
Recycle, be more self-reliant, help each other so we don’t have to rely on outside help. Buy local. Trade and barter. Somehow we have to take our country back. Because the country belongs to the people. All the people. Not just the 1 percent.
And the other thing we have to learn to do is not believe everything you hear some politician tell you about how they’re going to make your life better. That goes for Republican and Democrat and progressive and independent politicians. We need to learn to think for ourselves and decide for ourselves what is real and what is true.
And yes, that means listening and reading whatever the media has to offer. But not taking everything they say is true as gospel. Read as many sources as you can, watch as many sources as you
Just my thoughts as I was driving home from the gym. It’s funny how a little exercise can stimulate the brain.
Sincerely, Patrick Long