One of the principles of this website and my writing is to remain politically neutral. However, a very powerful article in The Economist, Shame On Them, is worthy of a mention as it helps articulate some of the embarrassment I often feel while volunteering around the world. Why am I embarrassed? Constantly, I am unable to answer questions like "Why did YOU elect people that are putting your country at risk?", "Why are YOUR political parties arguing when your country is about to default?", or "Why do YOU support political parties that keep sending your country to war?", and perhaps the most painful, "Do YOU really like living in America?".
I appreciate the aforementioned article in The Economist because it highlights the political hackery that is paralyzing America. It articulates Obama's inability to bring consensus, while rightfully berating the Republican Party for its self-serving interests. It powerfully highlights what happens when people think selfishly; it is essentially "A gamble where you bet your country’s good name".
I realized that the reason the questions I listed above carry so much emotional weight is because they implicate me as part of the problem. And, unfortunately, there is merit in this observation since I did vote for some of these people. But what I voted for was something other than what I got.
I voted for a happier and more prosperous nation.What I got was a group of selfish hacks that are putting their political parties and personal desires for re-elections above our nation's - and this world's - best interest. Shame on them.
I voted for a leader with a vision.
I voted for members of the Senate and Congress that promised to leave American cleaner than when they found it.
effective people do not want titles, wealth, and fame, they are the ones that work tireless and passionately to innovate and create change - constantly putting others in front of self. They believe that "This is about something bigger than me".
"We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge."
— Robert F. Kennedy
True progress and fulfillment is found through selflessness.