Continuing from Part 1 of this post in trying to understand the current expressions of hate in America…
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Sadly, 31% of college-age students do not know American history yet think our founding fathers are villains, not heroes. True, our founding fathers engaged in practices that are unthinkable today, but I’m not willing to discredit them entirely. I know of no one who is 100% perfect, and slavery existed in antiquity; it wasn’t founded in America.
Instead, I revere the foresight and courage of Washington, Jefferson and other founding fathers in fighting for freedom of speech and religion, and breaking free from England’s tyranny. So, how did these villainous viewpoints originate?
Worse than not knowing history, taxpayer dollars are funding the brainwashing of our children’s minds with Marxist ideas, teaching them to hate America rather than appreciate the opportunities that are unavailable elsewhere. What a burdensome expense to the student, parents, and essentially our country yet this narrative is spreading wildly.
“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects – his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity.”
Rather than hate the person doing better, I prefer a more positive energy as in motivation and inspiration to do better — to be all that one can be, rather than staying stuck as an incapable victim which seems bleak and hopeless. (And as I matured and study the Tao, I understand there is no reason for comparison at all.) However, this scenario reminds me of a painfully true quote I heard long ago:
“You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now.” – FedEx founder Fred Smith
Continuing my search for understanding, a friend said, “I’m afraid I’ve lost my daughter completely.” Responding to my questioning look, he elaborated, “Once she went to college, she’s come back a completely different person. She promotes Marxism all over Facebook now…and she won’t hear anything I have to say.”
This deeply saddened me because I know my friend loves America, and his story personified how the youth don’t know or understand history and have little to no gratitude for their lives in America.
I wonder if those currently supporting income redistribution and increased social welfare programs truly understand the ramifications. Is this really the America they want? One only needs to look at Venezuela, or even the streets of Portland and Seattle, for a glimpse into that future. America as a third-world country would be historical but too late to turn back once this grave mistake is made…and everyone suffers.
“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – paraphrased George Santayana quote
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#4: by Philippe Fuchs from Pixabay