Because the traffic does not flow through, all the neighbors at the end of a cul-de-sac end up being fully aware of the life and times of the people around them, simply because they know—or certainly believe—that there’s little beyond them.
It seems to me to be a very dangerous thing—to try to turn our country into a cul-de-sac.
Is America a cul-de-sac, where we know our neighbors, we know their cars, we know their pets—so anyone who happens to turn down in our direction is either lost or an intruder?
How selfish can you be with the idea of freedom?
Every group of people—every nation or tribe that has contended they had superiority over the other inhabitants of Earth usually ended up vicious, arrogant and destroyed.
Do we really want to exist in a time when nostalgia rules our thoughts?
Where fear of the enemy makes more of them in our minds than there actually are?
Do we want to sit at the end of our American cul-de-sac, conversing on our porches, glaring at the travelers who happen to have turned down the road into our space, looking for freedom?
There’s something really bizarre about a cul-de-sac.
I’ve only lived on one, and I didn’t stay long enough to be part of the “chosen four”—those houses near the end that cluster and become intolerant about accepting any other.
Because if you believe you have a special thing that sets you apart, other groups may want to come and steal it from you and will become very angry when they realize that you never had anything worth killing for.
Couth: (adj) showing or having good manners or sophistication
I never get a chance to do anything couth because I’m too busy trying to correct my uncouth behavior.
I also think that we could make great advancements in our society and also in the human race simply by agreeing with each other about what truly is couth—and therefore being able to identify the patterns of action that would be uncouth.
What would be the top five attributes of being couth with people of every culture, from every nation, every religion and every predilection?
1. Learn how to listen by making eye contact and at least imitating interest.
2. Lead with kindness, even if you expect it to be rejected.
3. Smile more, even when you’re not taking selfies.
4. Contribute your talent where it will help—not where you wish it will help.
5. Be grateful.
I offer these five to you today as the Couth of Truth.
Allegiance: (n) loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior, or of an individual to a group or cause
Feeling a bit daring today, I am going to question a staple of the American consciousness.
Honestly, I do not pledge allegiance to a flag.
To me, it reeks of jingoism, or Viking. The whole concept of pledging allegiance is a bit foreign to my soul–not because I lack patriotism or a love of my country, but mainly due to the fact that since we are justified by our words or condemned by them, I would like to be selective in my phrasings.
Because I love this country very much, I would like to pledge allegiance–but do it to things that matter–to the things that make us the people we dream to be. Here is my pledge:
I pledge allegiance to my nation and the many diverse souls who find equality within. May we continue to expand and grow in our knowledge, which has proven through the years to be the backbone of our excellence. May we remain one nation, one people, one desire and one willingness, allowing God to show us our error and encourage our efforts. In doing so, may we reject the things that separate us and embrace our similarities, offering liberty and justice to all.
There you go.
To that cause, wording and purpose … I can give my allegiance.