Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings
There is an old cliche of a song, usually sung by lounge lizards at 2am in the morning, entitled "Feelings"; FEELINGS, NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS... or something like that. Everybody close to my age that plays or plays at piano learns that one. Why am I talking about this song? Because there are a lot of people ruled by FEELINGS, NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS. Don't confuse them with facts, because that's the way they feel. The fact that in a year we have brought the rumblings of democracy to Iraq's doorstep is unreachable to them.
I hear a lot of people talking about what's going on in Iraq; truth is nobody but those over there really knows. There are a lot of people whining about how bad things are going over there. True, there are problems, but you are only hearing one side - what the left wing media wants you to hear. You don't hear about the kids going to schools, rebuilt by us, or that there is a burgeoning economy starting to rear its head there; that is not the picture you are supposed to see, because that my help BUSHITLER. Everybody FEELS like Iraq is going to hell in a hand basket; we don't really know. Believe or not, Germany was like this a year into the occupation with the lame stream media saying WOE IS ME. Japan was screwed up at this juncture; look at it now. The problem is, many of us went to public schools. We didn't learn history, we learned self-esteem. We did not learn to think, we learned to feel. So, life is how you feel it its, rather than what it really is.
We are a microwave generation who never learned the virtue of foresightedness. We can only see the now of things. It's bad now, so it's never gone to be better. Where will Iraq be tomorrow or 10 years from now? We have never stopped to THINK about it, we just have FEELINGS about it. Foresight takes courage. It takes intestinal fortitude to look past today into tomorrow to what might be. It's easy to speak what we have, but it takes faith to speak and reach for what we want. Yes these are chaotic times in Iraq; that's what we see. But foresight takes courage to see past today; to see past the 1000 deaths; to see past the bombings; to see past all that is bad; instead see what will be accomplished if we can transform just one country that has never known the freedom we take for granted; if we can see the day when that country steps up as a viable democracy; if we can just stop singing that old song, we might just see that all is not lost, and that there is something worth dying for.
We are at a crossroad...
Where do we go from here?