“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.” - Elvis
This is a time more than ever that actions should speak louder than words.
What people do defines who they are than what they say and claim to be about. Trump claims to be for the working class, but has a history of not paying his workers... and then suing them. Republicans claim to be about family values, but support child rapists. Democrats claim to be for the inner cities, but support Wall Street de-regulation. Our identities are posted online with no regard for action to back it up. We share everything about ourselves but little with one another. That’s the hypocrisy of our time.. and I am no different.
I speak of family and yet I have abandoned my own. In pursuit of another life outside of what i grew up and knew, I have left the comfort of my upbringing. In that, however, I have been shown a sliver of what life is like without the privileges of the middle class and the education it provides. What I do with my day is the altruistic venture of preaching about how the world should be and could be instead of putting my hands out there and making a difference. I’ve lost the calluses of hard work, in favor of typing away at a computer. I design, not build. I think, not do. For that I must do better.
What is the value of our country? GDP? I hope not.
The Gross Domestic Product is a fine way to measure wealth at best but a disgusting way to measure value. Would I say working at Wal-Mart, the wealthiest company in the world is valuable… depends, do they value their employees? Does a country with high GDP value their citizens? Humans should not be labor for the state. I firmly believe that citizens want to work. If they don’t it is because it has been beat out of them that they are not good enough to contribute or over generations were not welcomed to actively participate… actively participate in the power of the institutions, not simply be mechanical labor. We have a term called un-skilled labor. That’s bullshit and has to go. I’m educated but don’t know shit about farming strawberries, the earth, soil, the weather, any of that. Not to mention that those men and women who are immigrants picking those strawberries were in most cases positively contributing to their societies back home but have had to flee like refugees due to threats of violence or political oppression… and what do we do? Throw them out. Spit on their humanity.
What America does as a society proves what our values are, not our Constitution. It’s the same old lesson our teachers told us on the playground. If we want to spread democracy, then we shouldn’t put maniacal dictators in power. If all men are created equal, then we shouldn’t be having this equal pay conversation, the fight should be in the history books.
We are only as strong as our weakest link... and the weakest part of our character.
As a society that’s proven to be low on character, that is not valuable. To the person that replies with the fact that immigrants come to this country because of it’s monetary value, I say skip town and give up your privilege and become one... and immigrant. Then, only then, will you have an educated and valued opinion.