We belong to the human race. What we do to others we actually do to ourselves. Philosophical? Maybe. Reality has a way of changing our perspective, showing us how to give way here or there without compromising our total viewpoint.
I grew up in this Nation. America is where I was born. I was raised between the United States and Canada, however, America is where I was from Middle school on through adulthood including military service, though I would return over the years to Canada for stretches at a time including recently. My mother is married to a Canadian, and I’ve brothers and sisters in both countries.
My viewpoints and conceptions of life step colored by both Nations’ ideals and realities of life in both countries. Pretty typical, since Canada is deeply intertwined with America, to include prior to each of our own official foundings.
Like many, if not most, kids turned adult I got into my fair share of troubles along the way. That singular thing affects us all equally even if we handle it differently. We, as in that creature called human, have many individuals whose lifes are lived in close proximity to others of our kind. Others, not so much. It all depends. One of those fluxes in the societal fabric we’ve weaved together in order to allow ourselves to cope with the general herd mentality of most of us.
Over the centuries, humans have established an expected etiquette when dealing with each other, especially when dealing with extremely close quarters. While our individual interactions might vary greatly, they generally don’t exceed the area’s limits on expected behavior. In the end game it helps us stand each other for long periods of interactive time like those needed to firmly establish a local community.
Bear in mind, our own viewpoints and perspectives are colored by our own area we grew up in. Where we played, fought, played again, explored as far as we dared without the adults getting mad. Basically, growing up.
Now, to the true purpose of this post. Bearing in mind everything I just said, start from a point of view that our collective conscience as a Nation is colored by the events which made us. We came from England, knowing English ways, established multiple settlements, took hold of the land and just grew, all while developing the very things we would come to call truly American.
Our nation grew, traversing from English to American traditions. Our American traditions are, in turn, colored by their originations. England! The same applies to those we took in from Canada, France, the Native Americans, Spain, Portugual and Mexico along the way as well. We learned along the way to tie all of those interactions into our America, as we see it both individually, and as a Nation.
Now flash forward to a time in American history where we’ve progressed from 3-mast sailing ships to launching NASA rockets deep into our own solar system. A time when we split atoms, regularly harvest or synthesize penicillin, and map our very genome through a collaborative network of scientists and individuals contributing brain-trust and computing resources. This whole trip down memory lane took considerably less time than the birth of our planet, never mind our solar system. In all actuality, our current state of affairs is nothing more than a picosecond in the grand scheme of reality.
That means we need to really think about, discuss, and energize around issues which are of true actual importance, not contrieved or invented by government for its use. Issues that are important to the citizenry, as they determine it to be. Issues not driven by political machinations as their primary, or only, purpose.
This is the first of as many articles it takes to get my entire gist across, as it applies to this massive behemoth we call civilization, with specific focus on America and its current state of affairs. Hopefully the series of articles will spin off related conversations allowing for expanded coverage of ‘asides’, as I call them.
This is the first, so I’m just setting the scene. I’m expecting you to dig into the relationships and thought processes from colonial until present time. I’ll be addressing specific points in the continuing articles in this series.