We live in an ever-changing world. Corporately, the US as country is overly sensitive. We are scared to offend. We speak in tongues at work trying so hard not to upset our team members. We are discouraged to wish holiday greetings in our businesses. Our schools do not have “Halloween” or “Valentines” party. We have a “harvest” and “spring” festivals.

A world that believes that everyone has an equal right to an opinion and every opinion has equal merit. This is called pluralism. Our world sees shades of gray and the not black and white world of our parents. I find it interesting that the rules and laws that enlighten us to the rights and wrongs of society are the very same rules that we argue against. Our society has a personal responsibility problem. That is another entry for another time.

No matter how comfortable we have become with our pluralist world everyone has a limit. Even the most liberally minded have drawn line in the sand somewhere. I have stated in another entry that I try very hard to understand the different sides before I react. Really, as much as I would like to believe that I take the high road, I don’t care unless it directly affects me. That is essentially the problem. No one cares until something happens and it is too late to react.

Our church has a problem. We have about 40 to 60 people in our church that are the doers. The remaining 600 people show up on most Sundays. These are the same people that complain there are not enough programs available to them. Admittedly, I was one of them until a couple of years ago. I decided that I needed to put up or shut up. I have been a Deacon. It has honestly been both rewarding and frustrating. I enjoy the fellowship with others working towards a common goal. I, however, do not like the politics, the resistance to change, and the general apathy.

I am for the most part a driven person. I’m competitive. I’m an independent thinker. I would like to believe that I have a reasonably good work ethic. I have a certain level of expectation no matter what I’m doing. I have difficulty working with people who cannot make simple decisions, who will not take responsibility for their actions, who do not follow through and make excuses for their lack of participation.

History has taught us that most people have the “don’t care” attitude. Countless societies have reacted too slowly to make a difference (need I mention the French Revolution, Nazi Germany, fall of the Roman and British empires) and I wonder in our genderless, emotionless, politically correct ,overly gray world if we as Americans will become the next victim.

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