Monday, December 10, 2012
The Blessing of 55 Cents
Perhaps the reason this incident blessed me so much is because it is the common courtesies and the sense of responsibility that is so missing in our culture. I just saw a handmade sign that said sarcastically, "Thanks for hitting my cat and not stopping." With the irresponsibility comes a lot of anger because of thoughtlessness. This isn't the first culture to go through this. Edward Gibbon spoke of this in his classic book "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" when he wrote:
"In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all - security, comfort,and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again."
Gibbon's analysis of what happened to Athens could very easily become a future historian's analysis of America if there isn't some major changes in personal responsibility. It will have to be individuals that recognise their responsibilities. I believe it must come with a spiritual revival with many people recognising that even if they don't see all the rewards of their labor here in their lifetime that they will see all things made right in the life to come when all things are judged rightly. Whether or not we live to see our culture embrace responsibility, we can see a little slice a paradise in our own homes with God's help.