“Destiny rarely calls us at a moment of our choosing.” After watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for the 2nd time, this time with my father, I thought about that quote, from the 2nd Transformers movie. It rings true for me. I feel like the recent chain of events leading to my drastic life change is similar to the quote. I was content where I was. I no longer wanted to strive for anything more. I believed that here in the USA we had real freedom. I was ok with us struggling to pay our bills from month to month. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with what I was doing and how we were living. By some standards it is luxurious. But something inside was awaken. I have not pushed myself since my time in the USAF. I have only lived within my comfort zone for more than 20 years. To some this is a fine way to be, to me it is not.
I have, deep down, always wanted to make a difference in this world. I have to find a way to cure depression. Not just cover it’s symptoms, but heal the ailment as it exists. Certain levels of depression are crippling, therefor is reasonable to believe that it does act like a persistent disease. If it acts like it, it’s possible that there is some type of biological element causing it. So it should be curable. There are medicines that relieve the symptoms. There are herbs that lift it, albeit temporarily. If it can be manipulated by medicine, it should be healable. The only reason not to cure it, is that it is more cost effective to treat it. Just like so many things in the USA medical system.
In my opinion, which is rather obscure to most people, the people of the world should not have to pay for certain things, such as food, medicine, knowledge, and shelter. These should all be communal necessities, the burden shared by every member. The profits should be on luxuries such as vehicles, fine dining, travel, entertainment, and other extracurricular activities. People should work because they choose to, as their purpose in life, not because they need to sell their time to pay to eat, so they can work more, to pay to be treated for ailments caused by working too much, and so on and so forth. We have been taught to be grateful of our servitude. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” In this famous speech, it means the exact opposite of what it sounds like. JFK’s speech is about the USA leading the world to a better place. To defend freedom from it’s hour of maximum danger. It feels like our country and lost it’s way. He wanted the world to unite. “Ask not what American will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” That is where we were meant to be. “God’s work must truly be our own.”
Dr. Martin Luther King was another visionary such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. He saw beyond what was holding us back. He stood up, as any hero does, and moved us in the right direction.
All of those men were called upon, by destiny, to sacrifice themselves, their normal lives, for the greater good of humanity. They are not the only ones, by ANY means, they are simply the ones that I know best. Maybe I have been called. Will I ever even know? Or will my legacy tell my story. Time will tell us HIS plan.
It is the civic duty of every American to entertain these thoughts. Remember where we came from. See the injustice around us. Stand up against the those injustices. Be the shelter to the tired, the poor, the yearning masses waiting to breathe free. We should be proud of what our government stands for. Instead of bowing our heads and looking away from the corruption of the systems. We have the power to change it. We should not be a world divided. Liberty and Justice should be the right all mankind. It should also be THEIR right to choose it.
I want to think that my ideals are shared by many, but I know I’m wrong.