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Writer Without a Clause: Abandon Passivity

Abandon Passivity

I want to write. Based on the title, it should be clear I don’t know what I will write. I’ll say what’s on my mind right now. I am a writer without a clause until I create one.

My mind is a whirlpool, spinning, swirling, disappearing into unknown depths. I want people to understand that black lives matter, and if that makes you cringe even a little inside, you are the problem.

Understand that guns don’t kill, people consumed with hatred kill, weapons in the hands of angry people kill, mobs incited to riotous behavior can threaten democracy, sweet platitudes of peace don’t prevail, demagogues are liars, warmongers lose everything they fought for, money can’t buy happiness. Still, it can make a hungry child smile. Religion is the cancer of humanity, people of faith are the hope of the world, blind faith has doomed us, if God exists, he loves all, and when all is said and done, God, if he lives, is responsible and accountable for all. Otherwise, man is responsible and accountable for man.

Where are we going? Who is leading us? Why are we following? Do our leaders deserve our trust? Will cynicism save us? Is there a man or a woman among us with such character that he or she will step out, defy the enemy, laugh at the silly rhetoric of political opponents, champion the cause of the American people, poverty-stricken, the rich who have everything, who are an eternity from losing anything, who could lose most and feel nothing?

You tell me socialism is evil, against God’s law. My socialism has nothing to do with religion. My socialism is not atheism. Those who oppose my ideas say socialism is atheistic. You are confusing 21st-century socialism with 20th century communism. The two are not comparable. Those who persist in equating the two are either ignorant or are liars. Communism is evil, degrades people, enslaves, takes away basic rights.

Socialism, when practiced in the context of a secular state that guarantees the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech, is a wonderful thing. When all share willingly so that the needs of all are met, society can flourish.

When people pull themselves up by their bootstraps and succeed, it is a beautiful thing. They feel that if they could do it, everyone should do it. But that is not so. There is such a thing as hopelessness. There are people who will die in their sad circumstances unless someone comes to help them.

I fight for such a compassionate society.

Our elected officials are being put to the test in such a way as we have not seen since the founding of this nation. Watch how they take the test. Some will say, “Fall in line and vote for the party.” Others agonize over choices and part ways with their comrades. One side demands that members adhere to the party line. The other allows freedom of conscience.

There was a time when elected officials and the common man were made of the same stuff. That is hard to come by today. This is not the government of the people. It is elitism. Politicians are celebrities. Celebrities entertain.

Is that what government has sunk to? Is the daily news about the things of our government a reality show?

My mind is a whirlpool, spinning, swirling, disappearing into unknown depths of despair for a society that has either morally lost its way or has become so drunk with abandon passivity as to hope our current state will last forever.



BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 02, 2021:


You words speak of the frustration you feel inside your heart.

I believe we all are frustrated.

I don't cringe when I hear black lives matter...but I do get disgusted, because we are all in this together...no matter what our race.

We should All love one another & treat each other with respect.

There are so many problems with the government no one knows where to begin.

But they too cater to minorities...like single women with children.

If you are single with no kids..then you will be lucky to get any help.

We need to act like human beings who have hearts.

Who actually care about one another...no matter their color or status in the world.

Keep writing...we all need to hear voices from one another. Words can connect us together.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on February 02, 2021:

Ruby, you gave the answer. Love unconditionally. We can only attempt to do it ourselves. We can't force others to do it.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on February 02, 2021:

Pamela, Yes, politicians get rich being politicians. I don't begrudge them the writing of a book and making money if they are speaking the truth. That is an honest way of making a buck...if they do the writing. But money is changing hands in ways I don't understand.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on February 02, 2021:

Eric, You have reminded us that people resort to socialized behavior during a crisis Don't we drop all pretentions and work together for the common good? Don't we pool resources (food banks) so that no one goes without? Yet some consider this to be evil behavior because it is pure socialism.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on February 02, 2021:

Ann, politicians who come onto the scene with fresh ideas and the enthusiasm to serve the peope slowly realize what is up around them. They are admirably unwilling to enter the fray and opt for quiet obscurity, hoping it doesn't cost them their position.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 02, 2021:

Chris, as I was reading this piece, I was saying " yes yes yes " I wish I could have commented as soon as I read this instead of trying to find it on the feed page, my enthusiasm is not as keen, but you hit the spot with me. Why can't people love unconditionally? We are all one people, color is just a mixture. I hear people say that there will always be the poor, why is that? You gave us much to ponder. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2021:

Chris, you sure have some strong emotions that are expressed in this article, and you jsut may be right. I don't think socialism and communism are the same either. However, I don't know who to trust anymore either.

We seem to have politicians that have become filthy rich just being in politics. How does that happen? Do any politicians have a true vision of unity for this country? Can we get the homeless off the street? I sure hope so. This article sure makes you think.

Stay safe and healthy!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Thanks Chris. This reminds me that the first Christians lived in socialist communes and shared all. The greatest freedom of all is sharing our love.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 02, 2021:

Wow, Chris, this is some train of thought! I totally agree with you. It's happening in so many places. I've long said that all the honest politicians, the ones of whom we say 'finally there's someone who wants to make a difference', don't last long because either they in turn become corrupted or they don't get any backing because others are out to gain fame and fortune, a pat on the back and fingers in pies. How do you fight that within our political system?

Sometimes, a figure comes along who knows how to talk to people, who can calm and suggest sensible things, who can truly lead. Of course, every human being has flaws but at least we should be able to tell the difference between the genuine and the mickey-takers.

Sometimes I despair, especially lately when we have Covid in the mix too, just to make everything more difficult. But it's a test of everyone's mettle, isn't it? If we can manage this with aplomb, then we can manage pretty much anything.

Compassion, love and understanding, is so easy but greed and ego get in the way of so many. The poor need help. The huge problem can get on top of us, so that's why it's important, I think, to do our individual bit, to help someone, smile at a stranger, talk to someone who looks lost or maybe needs help.

This should be read by everyone. We need to look after our world and all who are in it. If we don't, it will be gone.

I hope you are safe and well, Chris.


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on February 02, 2021:

Thank you, John. You have summed up a great deal of what I was wtiting about. I appreciate knowing I'm not going off the deep end...or we both are. haha

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 02, 2021:

I applaud you for writing this Chris, and I feel the frustration and heart-break in your plea. I couldn't put it clearer than you, "socialism is not communism" and the two terms should never be confused. No, it isn't a form of atheism or only practised by atheists. In fact, real Christian values, and those of most religions are more closely attuned to socialism than capitalism. It is just that the leaders of many churches and religions have also been corrupted by money and the capitalistic society.

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