The news today is all abuzz with stories of the violence in Iraq. Of course depending on who you are listening to it is the fault of A. The current administration for the way that soldiers were removed from Iraq, B. The Muslim extremists who are trying to destabilize the region and institute a repressive theocracy, C. The neo-con war machine who pushed for invading Iraq in the first place…the list goes on and on.
The embassy attacks in Benghazi are still in the news cycle. Who knew what, when did they know. Some say it isn’t a problem, some blame the president, the secretary of state, etc. It was a video, a protest, a terror attack…the list goes on and on.
The economy is not recovering well. It is the fault of the current president, the last president, the housing market, big banks, bad loans…the list goes on and on.
Church attendance is down across the board. It is because we are not able to relate to younger generations, to liberal, to conservative, to concerned with money, to political, not political enough…the list goes on and on.
What have we learned? If the evidence is correct, we have learned that laying blame is an excuse for a lack of action. We should we learn? That change starts with us and moves outward. That change does not involve blame, but does involve doing something about the problem. If we want to have a different result, we must have different action. Doing it the way we have been got us here. If we want a better future then we all must put forward better action. Not the government, not the big business, not the banks, the NRA, the lobbyists, etc…us. The world does not change because institutions make it so, the world changes because individuals with the courage to change and the belief that the idea and ideal is more important then them stand up and take action. What have we learned?