The Souther Thide of Singz

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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?

Monday, September 13, 2004

I'm Not A Victim, I'm A Victor

I lost my job. Bummer. Well, who can I blame? Let's see...Maybe I can blame George Bush. Yeah, it's BUSHITLER's fault. He didn't make my employer keep me even when it was not economically feasible. He should have passed a law mandating a job for life. And while I'm on the subject, he should have mandated health care for life. Oh, and housing for life. And while I'm at it, a car for life, and food, and education, and electricity; after all it was BUSHITLER's fault we had that blackout a few months back. We need gas for life and gasoline for life, cable for life, and DSL/Cable modem for life. And what about computers for life, clothes for life. I tell you what, why don't we eliminate all this capitalist crap and do away with money; the government should take care of all our needs and then we wouldn't have anymore problems. Sorry, it's already been tried; it's called socialism/communism. It didn't work then, and it won't work now, and neither will it work in the future.

You see we have a choice whether we will be victims or victors. Yes, I lost my job. I was out of work for 3 months; my credit which was A-rated went into the toilet. I got another job, but was fired after 6 months. Who's fault? Nobody's. That's just the way life is. Government can't fix that. I could have chosen to be a victim and cry about it, or do what I had to fix the situation. So I moved to Houston. That was a momentous decision for my wife and me. We have been married for 21 years, and for most of those years we lived in Oklahoma. I love/loved Oklahoma. To me there's no place like it. It was my home. We had two homes there; a nice big 2400 square foot house we now have to sell. It's painful to lose/give up your home. But victors learn to do what is necessary and right. Being and doing right doesn't always mean it's going to feel good. But men do what is right and necessary, while victims whine and complain about it.

There are those among us that want a fair life; life isn't fair. Life is just what it is, no more, no less. The only fair thing about life is that we were all given the same chance to succeed and the chance to fail. Read about the most successful people and you will find they were not afraid to fail. In fact, many failed lots of times before they succeeded. I sometimes wish life was different, but I also realize that life can be different I you make it different. So, I'm doing the best I can to make my life different. I could cry about it or move on and do something about it.

Victims cry...
Victors CONQUER!

We are at a crossroad.

Where do we go from here?