I've read somewhere that Nikita Khrushchev met with John Kennedy to discuss ways to make the relationship between our two countries much more normal. For the Soviets, it offered up an opportunity for some much needed political reform.
Khrushchev's alleged mistress, however, afraid of losing her privileged position, secretly undermined her lover by aligning herself with other party apparatchiks who were also afraid of losing their status. Khrushchev was ousted before he had a chance to implement the reforms.
In Christ's case, it was the Sadducees and the Pharisees, religious authorities, who became the poster children for the type of people who, fearing change, undermine the the opportunity for truth to take hold. They not only undermined Christ, but also initiated the legal proceedings which led to his crucifixion. And then we were left with the metaphor that the status quo always kills truth to protect mediocrity.
I'm watching our country burn now and am sickened by watching thousands of youths in the streets doing things that have little do with honoring the memory of the murdered victims or achieving any kind of justice. I am saddened even more by watching people who should know better trying to justify criminality and violence because they don't want to appear to be on the side of law and order which is kind of like saying that they wish they can do away with the structure and form of their own life and get out there in the streets themselves.
I've seen it before and asked myself then what causes people, especially our youth, to do such things. The answer I arrived at then is the same as the answer that I see now, that is, the lack of hope, a lack of resolve, and the lack of understanding that life is a fucking hard row to hoe for everybody.
We all die at the end, but not all of us have the courage and wisdom to live. This is our true problem. An awful lot of us wish that we can burn it all down and start over. And when you get more people who think like that than not, you will more than likely actually burn the shit down and then later have to sit out in the rain, cold and mud munching on twigs and cursing your own stupidity.
The people who are in charge of our educational system have removed all vestige of meaning from our schools. They have taught for years that children are victims and that we should just surrender them over to the nanny state and, by so doing, create paradise on earth.
The problem is that these people are too unintelligent to even know how incredibly ignorant and short sighted that they are, and how lacking in truth. They cling to their false notions because they don't want anyone knowing that they have no actual fucking clue about what truth is, and, like the Sadducees and the Pharisees, are all too perfectly willing to see it crucified rather than admit their own shortcomings.
They believe that by teaching only humanism, or the insane idea that only human ideas and shit are important, mankind will achieve ultimate harmony, while failing to notice that they are only producing the opposite.
Any three year old could recognize the fundamental truth that what's out there in the universe is so much freaking larger than our ability to understand it all, that if we have to wait for science to provide explanations, we will never achieve anything. The great and mysterious unknown should be our guiding star and not an object of scientific derision.
People want, more than anything else, their life to mean something. They can't ever achieve that though if all spirituality and sense of divine purpose is taken out of the equation.
The answer to the problem is to let all children know from the moment that they are born that not only are they all special and unique, but that their lives need to be made meaningful. We need to teach them that, regardless of their given circumstances, that they are put on this earth to make it and themselves better and the farther they travel, the greater the meaning they will create.
We act like we do this now, but not really. Most people only pay lip service to what is actually needed. When you enact educational programs that do not hold kids accountable for their actions because you perceive them as victims, you will be the one who should later be held accountable for their ultimate lack of success in creating meaning for their life.
Too many times, the people who profess to doing the most for the children only do so because they want to look good or are afraid what changes that the truth might bring. Sometimes, they obey the commands of people even more clueless than they are only because they cannot admit they don't know what else to do.
The one thing we need to teach all kids is that it is okay to be born into a world without hope, to face obstacles, and to fail. But, it is a sin to stay in that world, to run away from opportunities to achieve, and to not even try. Most of all, it is time for the rest of us to quit paying lip service to the idea that our real job is to manufacture and hand out hope.