There is no such thing as no time: just no priority. We are busy running our daily lives complaining we have no time for whatever it is we claim we have no time for but the reality is we do not make it a priority.
If the phone were to ring right now and we learned of a loved one’s death, instantly things stop, priorities change and we do what we to do to get through the coming days. We live in a society that puts importance on the most mundane things. The weirdest things catch our fancy and rise to prominent levels that boggle the mind.
This explains reality TV. It also explains why most of know the most intimate details of some “star” but do not take the time to understand or get involved in the direction of our nation. I put the word star in quotations because a person is a star by the randomness of popularity bestowed by legions of people secretly wishing they were a star.
We have true stars among us hidden by the mist of time as they go about doing their unheralded business. You can pretty much guess that list includes those in the military, police, fire, parents, teachers, and anyone who gives their time to help others without the cameras rolling.
The idiots we call leaders in Washington, DC can solve the issues dragging our nation into the realms of third world status but they choose to create important issues to distract the population from the slow descent that Screwtape would admire. The mainstream media spoke non-stop about the 13 million uninsured people as the impetus for Obamacare but nary a word about the millions now facing no insurance because of Obamacare.
The majority of people must now accept something they do not want so a minority of people can have something they want. Meanwhile the nation sinks under the weight of the hubris coming out of Washington, DC as real issues go to the archives of no interest. Maybe we should make a reality series out of running the country.
Each week we can send Senators and Congressmen to remote island locales to challenge one another to whatever stupid contest attracts the most viewers. Or, we can pair a Senator and Congressman from the opposite party and have them race similar teams chasing clues around America. Supreme Court Justices can compete against average lawyers in a talk off and whichever jurisprudence theorist bastardizes the law more advances to the lightning round.
Until we decide to put importance on issues that truly matter, we will continue to make Screwtape happy. Social issues are important and matter but politicians do not care about solving them – they only care about using them to divide and conquer. The American people fall for the shell game every time. I think we need to make understanding the issues a priority!