Morality, where for art thou — in 2015?
Clearly none of us are flawless gems in the eyes of God. Only the Lord knows if I am righteous and able to defeat the daily battle with pain, temptation, procrastination and selfishness that haunt each of us. Perhaps my many flaws will result in a less than blessed conclusion.
Only my decisions, God’s will and time will tell.
As a generational whole, however, I fear that greatness has been achieved numerous times in history. By generational whole, I suggest that our decisions and impact as a group are in line with what is right for all, not just a select few.
In the history of the United States, the generation of the Founding Fathers stands as a landmark of an educated time of action by moral men and with respect to God’s wishes. Was George Washington a saint? No. He couldn’t even keep his own teeth in place.
However historical documents reveal Washington was absolutely a man of God, and he was protected from from near-fatal shootings on several occasions during the French and Indian War. A small museum in upstate New York still has the jacket Washington wore in battle in 1752 — with numerous bullet holes riddling the uniform.
Only the foolhardy would debate George’s value to the country or the quality of his character. His generation is well regarded because of their loyalty, ethics, education and independence. They were people of high morals and wisdom, capable of analysis, reasoning and solutions that benefitted not just one man — but all men.
In the 20th century, the men and women who survived the Great Depression and converted America into an industrial world leader — as well as the dominant military force on Earth — were known as the Greatest Generation. They were hard workers led by strategic and creative genius and heart for doing what was right for all.
Look around you today, friends. Who among us represents these virtues and creates greatness in our society? Steve Jobs changed the world for the better until his death. Much of the technology world, however, is lost without Steve’s charisma and his brilliant devices to use technology. Thank God for Steve, but the chasm left by his death is substantial and has left millions looking into the Grand Canyon asking, “What’s next?”
Likewise Bruce Lee was a life-changing man to whom I am eternally in debt. He was the ultimate physical specimen with muscles bulging in places no else even realized there could be muscle. Beyond that, Bruce was also the best fighter on Earth and proved it on film and in real life against bigger opponents. A person I played golf against recently attempted to insult me by stating Chuck Norris was the best ever. Playing as BruceLee1940, I reminded him that Bruce was able to defeat the amazing Chuck in their on-screen battle and impressed Chuck enough in their personal practice time that Norris is credited with saying no one could beat Bruce Lee in his prime. After a couple of birdies, my opponent agreed. But Bruce was more than a physical being; he cared most about helping people reach their ultimate potential — and avoid accepting the status quo. He was an incredible and knowledgeable writer on the human body, martial arts and philosophy. Even today, he inspires millions who are as passionate about Bruce’s. Like George Washington and Steve Jobs, to know Bruce Lee, you must read his writings.
Again I ask: Who, living today, represents the maturity and wisdom to lead today? In terms of groups, some will say lawyers are smart enough to lead our society. But attorneys and judges (former lawyers) are partially to blame for the laws that require this nation’s downward spiral.
Politicians? These are attorneys, and I suspect 90 percent are not truly representing the needs of their local constituents. Too many deals, double crosses and arm twisting for an ethical man there. In fact an honest man would have to start a filibuster upon his first day in office and continue it for his entire stay in Congress in order to survive the political maneuvering that is available on CSPAN.
I suggest you look lower and more down to Earth. More on that in the future.