Some Things Don't Seem to Have Changed
Week 1: October 2020
Updates to come
It is a sad commentary if the commentary is the more some things change, the more they seem not to have changed at all. To an interesting degree, I suppose the same can be said about people. Over the last so many years, many things have changed, quite noticeably attitudes behaviors, and subsequent actions. In fact, we really don't have to go back to many years. We can say over the last eight or nine months we have witnessed unimaginable changes since January 1, 2020 when we welcomed a new year, a new decade and all its possibilities.
Unknown at the time, those possibilities would include wearing masks, social distancing, re-defining home schooling, avoiding once frequented venues, adjusting to different workspaces, sheltering in place, missing attending church and places of worship, quarantined from the urgency of family, striving to maintain hope and optimism in the face of a profound sense of loss, while endeavoring to survive during a a life-changing pandemic.
In the midst of all we have experienced and continue to experience, some things have occurred over the last few days that leads to this assertion: As much as has changed and as many who have changed due to situations and conditions these last four years, there seems to co-exist a dire sense of "the same" and "as usual" based on words spoken, attitudes displayed, and behaviors seen before. Case in point, when confronted with familiar lies, disrespect, bullying, insensitivity, divisiveness, and sheer ignorance as observed recently, there seems to be a very serious problem.
Interestingly when the persons who puts out an unsubstantiated charge that an opponent must be taking some type "pill" to have stamina ends up being the one taking cocktails of pills to have survivability. It is only one example of what seems to be a boomerang effect happening. I have not only seen this before but I have written about such previously both in my book on Esther and in an article written January 2017.
It brings no pleasure at all to address this, but some things and some people do not change. So I have attached an article I wrote just before the 2017 inauguration and have left it intact to allow the reader to decide if such an assertion is valid...
The Boomerang Effect
Monday, January 16, 2017 7:30 PM
By now, we have heard Representative John Lewis' (D-Ga) view of the (il)legitimacy of the Donald Trump presidency. On Meet the Press, the Congressman told moderator Chuck Todd, "I don't see the President-Elect as a legitimate president." After explaining why, Mr. Lewis followed his unequivocal proclamation by adding he also would not be attending Mr. Trump's inauguration.
It came as no surprise the President-Elect could not let the pronouncement go unanswered. He tweeted, "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"
To his credit, Mr. Trump seems to honor veterans, individuals willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. Many would say there are few freedoms more precious than the right to vote. In fact it was the right that has brought Donald Trump to the verge of being inaugurated the 45th president of the United States.
Long before Mr. Trump was a blip on the political radar, Congressman Lewis nearly sacrificed his life to ensure a long disenfranchised population could enjoy the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. This civil rights hero and last surviving speaker of the historic March on Washington gave his blood and suffered severe blows at the hands of those who should have been his protectors in pursuit of the right to vote. What Mr. Trump was obviously ignorant of is that Mr. Lewis' actions actually have produced "results" and greatly.
Mr. Trump goes on a twitter blitz because Mr. Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Mr. Trump's presidency when Mr. Trump spent nearly eight years promoting the myth...no the lie...that the 44th president of the United States was not a legitimate the president. How ironic?
Unlike the President-Elect, President Barak Obama did not stoop to name-calling when Trump said about Obama what Lewis said about Trump. Throughout President Obama showed class, restraint, and maturity. The more Trump attempted to delegitimize the Obama presidency, the more controlled President Obama exhibited.
This leads me to a few truths, I learned from my parents and my Sunday school class, truths I hope the President-Elect learns:
* What goes around comes around.
* People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
* Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
I could continue, but the message is clear. What we do to others has a tendency to come back to us in ways best summarized as "the boomerang effect."