Germinating Invidious Seeds: Part 2 of 3

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

Misidentified Seeds
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?

Close-up of thorns

1619 is a perfect example of what has gone so wrong in American schools when it comes to history. It isn’t teaching history, warts and all; it’s only just the warts” said education scholar Michael J. Petrilli who advocates for more history and civics lessons in public schools.

I admit, I wasn’t enthralled with history in school but I’ve matured to realize its critical importance in our culture and nation overall.

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.

“Marxism in One Minute” by Henry Hazlitt via Mark J. Perry

“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

Overgrowth thistles

Overgrowth
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.

Empirical Approaches
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.

Thistle behind barbed wire in desolate land

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – paraphrased George Santayana quote

Image credits in order of appearance (due to Gutenberg bugs):
Featured image by Benjamin Kaufmann on Unsplash
#2: by Miriam Fischer from Pexels
#3: by Eric Michelat from Pixabay
#4: by Philippe Fuchs from Pixabay

6 Replies to “Germinating Invidious Seeds: Part 2 of 3”

  1. Yes, and mine is winding down although I’m already thinking of cool weather crops to keep me out doors. 🙂 ❤ September is one of my favorite months — low humidity, bright and clear blue skies, I could easily stay outdoors til the moonrise. 🙂

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  2. Oh Sue, we share so many sentiments. I apologize for my delayed responses but somehow I do not see your comments as soon as they appear in WP. (?) Just another of my techno challenges I suppose. It is good to know there are others who see what is truly happening…even if we don’t like it. And yes, there are times I could scream too and that’s when I know I need to walk back out into the garden. 🙂 Stay well. Be well. Loving wishes to you, dear friend. ❤

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  3. Yes it is sad, that what is being taught omits so much of the real truth.. And how easily today our children’s and even grandchildren’s minds are being indoctrinated both through the lack of the real history and also the manipulated education systems who omit to teach certain subjects…
    Not to mention the subliminal mind control which people have no idea goes on All of the time…

    My own Granddaughter and several other concerned grandparents I have spoken with to the new craze of tic tok games and self video’s to which the very young are getting hooked into… I have noticed a huge change in my own granddaughter and others too have said how aggressive now and secretive they are becoming…

    Not to mention what is happening now with the virus.. and the conditioning going on there with separation… My own granddaughter who is nine, stiffened visibly when I went to hug her after lockdown, and turned her head when I hugged her to kiss her.. Not to mention what I heard from some American Parents that a certain head of disease control was teaching young children via a video link… Creating the fear even more by telling young classroom students to keep separate and if you do not follow the rules you could take the virus home and make your parents and grandparents very sick…. That to me is abuse and Mind Control…

    Some days WG I could scream!!!!! very loudly…. and the outrage I feel…. Instead I know people have to wake up to it all themselves.. to see it for themselves before they believe what we know is going on…

    So dear one… We plant our seeds and hope they germinate in the right ears…

    Much love my friend… ❤

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  4. I like your insight, Lisa, that many only know “what they have experienced,” or how can you know something you never had? Often, I’ve considered how much more I appreciate something I’ve worked for than not. There is magic in gratitude and when there’s no stake in the game, appreciation can too easily become expectation. There is value in working for something. I’ve also believed in teaching someone to fish to become self-reliant and strong, rather than rely solely on others for their esteem and direction in life. 🙂

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  5. I think many only know what they have experienced. And they don’t “hear” the compelling message of what can be. If they haven’t experienced the joy of working hard, earning that promotion, paying off a loan and owning outright, then they don’t know what they are missing. That feeling of being 100% responsible for what you accomplished. The harder you work for it, the more valuable it becomes. But if you don’t know how gratifying that feels, then you may not desire it, or feel the need to fight for the pivalate to be able to chose your own destiny. If people keep being fed the fish and not taught how to fish, they won’t know what they are missing. It breaks my heart.

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