The stories that follow may disturb the wellbeing you have created to comfort yourself, elevate your spirits (whichever ones they may be), justify your actions, disclose your wrong beliefs, upset your perception (the things you make up about others to fit your own agenda), and reveal the untruth of the lies you have come to believe.
The stories within represent the threads of many stories woven together in a tapestry of events and emotions, and not representing a particular person or family—unless, of course, you read this book and can identify with any of the acts. Coincidentally, you may discover something about yourself.
Let me immediately make one thing clear. I am not a politician, an economist, a scholar, a professional human behaviorist, or a theologian. I am a middle-class, hard-working American, trained as a child to work hard, love hard, and pray hard. Integrity and truth were the hallmarks of my rearing. I was raised to live by the principal that life and my country owe me nothing, and that there is a price to pay for freedom. I was taught that no matter how hard it gets, I should work harder, pray harder, and expect to be okay. The great lessons were “In God We Trust” and “Do the right thing.”
I am proud of my US citizenship and am grateful to our forefathers for the legacy they attempted to leave us. Were I able to ask them a question, I would ask, “How far short have we fallen from the vision you had for America?”
The following pages are about the state of the human soul, our human condition, and our behavior. It’s about how history keeps repeating itself while we are unconscious of the influences that entangle us. We are living life at the speed of self-destruction; the speed of thought has come to a screeching halt. Conscience is in a frozen state, awaiting an awakening. We have become numb to our actions as the world assigns medical labels to wrong behavior, and Congress creates laws to help us escape the consequences. We have built excuses for everything into our reasoning in order to escape reality. We’ve become champions of the blame game.
This is your wake-up call; it’s not you parent’s fault, your sibling’s fault, your spouse’s (or ex-spouse’s) fault, your employer’s fault, or your children’s fault. It’s not any other condition, including illness or your genes that you claim cause you to do the things you do... Unless you are declared legally ,mentally and medically incapable. You do what you do because you choose to do it! It’s that simple. You know right from wrong, but your fear and your appetite get in the way. This book is about bringing an end to denial and awakening the truth inside.
First, let’s admit we created this mess.