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Examining human inconsistencies (03/14/2010)
By Janet Lewis Burns
If, in the past, we would have realized that we didn’t need all the things we thought we needed, we could be rich now. And then what?

Unjust humanity issues are being ignored because it’s ourselves we strive to take care of first. U.S. citizens can’t expect positive revisions concerning the most crucial issues of our time, if they aren’t willing to make personal sacrifices themselves. It’s not merely “that other fella” who needs to be more charitable and humanitarian.

Taking into consideration all those who live in oppressed, Third World countries, and the poverty stricken and abused everywhere, it seems logical that those with means and clout are obligated to share the bounty, so to speak, to fix what’s crumbling away in an unfamiliar American society, turned dishonest, hostile, cutthroat, deceptive, and depressed.

This quote by Clement R. Attlee unveils the sad truth of greed: “No system in any country will bring us happiness, health, and prosperity unless it is inspired by something greater than materialism.”

“He who knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Have people sunk so far into complacency that the power behind Bible verses such as that is no longer relevant? We know the words. We confess, “what I have done and what I have failed to do,” but are we becoming a nation far removed from the integrity to hear the cries of the hopeless and needy?

This is difficult to understand. Human nature has its heartwarming moments. During natural disasters the masses from all over the world come together, seemingly putting their well -being and comfortable lives on hold, to volunteer their physical assistance, to make generous donations, and offer up prayers for the nightmare, beyond human control, to end so that health and home might be restored. What health? What home?

How can it be that we recognize and respond to the urgent need to reach out to victims of catastrophic disasters, and otherwise ignore and turn our backs on day-to-day human suffering, just as tragic, sad, and deadly - nations without clean water and with no means to take care of themselves, children dying of starvation and total lack of needed medical care?

How can this go on and on in a world with enough resources and water to nourish the entire universe? Is this struggle of lesser importance than blindly waging war against would-be terrorists? Less urgent than spending exorbitant amounts of money to win the political race?

Must the oppressed continue to stand in line for deliverance, behind crooked, wealthy executives, greedy politics, wasteful government spending, and trickle-down corrupt administrations? Since humans can navigate to the moon, surely we can find a way to feed our fellowman and woman. First, we must seek out God-given compassion to do so.

I learned this in a very disturbing e-mail: In the Muslim faith, a Muslim man can marry a child as young as one year old and have sexual intimacy with this child, consummating the marriage by the age of nine. Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a divorce. Often after a woman has been raped she is returned to her family. The family has a right to execute her to restore the honor of the family.

The Shariah Muslin law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman. In the Western World (America) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law. so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have a full and complete control of her.

Why do we need to know things like that? Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says that the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two. Heads up! Is America tuned in?

The image of the United States being bountiful, the land of opportunity, God-fearing, proud, and globally sound, with liberty and justice for all, is fading. Nothing is ever accomplished by pointing fingers at one another.

The time is way overdue to roll up our sleeves and to get to work, to restore U.S. pride, economy, justice, and dignity...together.

Janet Burns is a lifelong resident of Winona County. She can be reached at patandjanburns@embarqmail.com.



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