Change is it good or is it bad? I was reflecting on this, after a fine Sunday dinner with my friend Derrell’s parents and some excellent conversation. It occurred to me on the drive home, after a trip to Wally World ( that will get the old wheels spinning) When it, Wally World first started it was a good company or at least to my eye’s, at that time in life, it seemed so. However is it, still as good today as it was then? And I believe if we stop and ask ourselves some serious questions, about our daily dealings, we would more than likely be able to file said answers under the heading, ” Things that make you go Hmm” Because I have noticed that lately most 12 volt product’s I’ve bought don’t last 30 day’s much less, 6 Months. Hell, some items have been worthless when I got them home and it wasn’t worth the time or effort to take it back! I haven’t worked in over 15 yrs because I’m a Disabled Vet. and even the quality of care I get there has gone down hill, I have a friend who I used to work with when I cooked and we are both disgusted, with upper managements apparent lack of concern. And the way the employee’s are lackadaisical at best. It’s like no one has pride in what they do any more! From what I see and hear. It’s from top all the way down to that bottom, dude or dudett ( female dude), all anyone seems to be concerned with is, what time do I get off and how much do I make.
In my short 55 years I have seen many things change some good, some not so good! We have gone from the day’s of three TV channels to Hundreds of cable channels and there still ain’t Shit on most the time, things are smaller and cost more, cheaper and you get less stuff, less quality, technology we paid for long distance the majority of my life now its free. What and no reimbursement for all I spent on it! What I’m asking is, do you think it’s better? Because I sure don’t we have progressed to the point of even the simplest items now cost out the nose! I was privy to a conversation about water shortages in California, and someone said we need to charge for it that way we can regulate it! Damn wake up people we keep asking our over burdened and over spending Government to regulate more shit, because we can’t do it ourselves, anymore. Because we are working our asses off to pay for all this worthless stuff that we are told 24 hrs. a day by the boob tube, radio and the media that we have to have, we are inundated with advertisements at every direction and all hours of the day and night.
We can’t raise our own kid’s we have generations, raised by the likes of Barney, Sponge Bob Square Pants. And our kid’s watch things like Ed, Ed, and Eddie or Stupid dog or better yet good quality stuff like South Park or Ren and Stimpy. The X- Box, well lets just say it this way, One of my Boy’s called here awhile back and was like, “Dad, you never taught me how to work on cars!” “I’m Like yes, Son I tried but every time I said Son would you come help me work on the truck or car. You were busy play Warcraft!” He said oh right thanks Dad! Don’t get me wrong I’m proud of my kid’s. But as a former employer I not at all impressed with the work ethic or the drive of the youth today! Frankly we, with the governments help have abandoned our kids they, smoke spice they are killing them selves at the highest rate ever in the history of our once great country, depression, drug addiction are at they highest rates ever amongst our youth and WE yes WE have created this mess by not being present the way we should be, and by giving them the things we didn’t have, a generation of entitled youth. that because we weren’t home to raise them. We have more homelessness in this once great country than ever in our history, We are trying to teach the rest of the world how to live and we have our own heads so far up our asses that we can’t see the forest for the trees. Most People are rude self-centered egotistical assholes myself included because somewhere along the way we have for gotten how to be civilized. When I was a kid we traveled quite a bit my folks had CB’s and they used to talk to the truckers and they were friendly. Once in a blue moon you can raise one on the CB now. I’m not saying everything is bad but we really shouldn’t be out trying to fix the world when our own back yard is so messed up. I believe people used to look up to us. But not anymore. Hell I had a thought just today that I’m a victim of a race war. And I don’t even participate in it. In some places I could get really messed up by people of a differ color because the media has them convened that I hate them and suppress them. Hell I don’t even know them. And isn’t hating me because they assume I hate them racism? So again are we really changing for the better?
I remember watching the movies about going out and discovering the west. The freedom that image, conjured up for my young mind. Those things are still there but we are not free not by any stretch of our imaginations. We pay taxes on the money we make. We pay taxes on the things we buy. We pay taxes on the things we own. We work all our lives paying into Soc Sec, and then have to be denied 3 times before they give us what we paid in. Then they spend the rest of your life trying to get it from you at every turn. My own Mother, ( may she rest in peace) worked all her life and then at 73 she was living in a house that she was renting for 300.00 a month, getting commodities from the state and the woman collected 700.00 a month to live on. That’s a crime! And what else is a crime according to a story by CNBC The Richest 1%, Now Owns Half The Worlds Wealth! Wait did I just he just say 1% of the richest people in the world now own half it’s wealth. Yes I did and I don’t know about you but with all the homelessness and hunger in the U.S.A. That really should bother you! Now I’m not good with math in my head but I’m pretty sure that’s not a good thing. another thing I want to point out is most people are oblivious to the simple fact that if you don’t have a nice retirement plan or hit the lottery, your about two pay checks away from being homeless in America those people standing on the street corner’s aren’t all screw-ups some of them were hard-working folks like us! When I broke my Back in the accident in 97 they offered my food stamps to the tune of 235.00 and I didn’t have a home, I have a friend who has had two TI strokes has 4 kids at home works at the only job she can get and has been on the housing list for over 10 years and no help. I could go on and on but the whole idea behind this post is to just get you to ask yourself if you like what you see in America.
In closing since I stated traveling and living the fulltime RV lifestyle I have re discovered my love and faith in humanity, because I’m seeing a better side of the world I see people helping each other if one has and another doesn’t then the one that has more shares or give to the one who has none. I have a fellow traveling friend who started a group and a bunch of us joined the whole concept was we travelers come from all over and if one of us breaks down the they go to the site and if someone is close we go help if we can no charge it is done for the joy of doing. Somewhere along the way we lost that part of the idea and it became everyone for them selves and screw the other guy! Well at some point we all become the other guy, Just Saying! I think change can be good I’m willing to work at the changing but if we don’t get thing in this country to change. Well what we are leaving behind for future humans is the shit real nightmares are made of! Peace H.W.Mark