Unity: E Pluribus Unum

I am distressed as I watch events in the United States unfold; as much as it pains me to say it, it seems like the “united” in United States is in serious jeopardy. I’d like to test the pulse of PRB readers, get a reality check to see if I am imagining things. Let me see if I can summarize what I am seeing. I see people protesting in several large, and some smaller, U.S. cities. Some of them are …

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4 comments on “Unity: E Pluribus Unum

  1. I don’t know what scares me the most, the apathy shown by my generation ( I’m 46) or the protest and feelings of the younger generations. I am not sure they know exactly what they are really protesting.

  2. There is a total disconnect between the wildly spinning, always negative news shows and the reality that is America. The Occupy movement sounds like a good excuse for a party. Especially when you have no job & nothing to do… Of course, it wouldn’t occur to these people to do some volunteer work or other positive thing for their community.

  3. Randy, you have some interesting observations as always. Because so much of what we see, read, and hear is from a perspective that relies on sensationalism, the “news” appears jaded. Look at the local successes, the “do gooders” that get little attention and seek even less. In our profession we encourage folks to come to us with problems, but also take the time to think of solutions before we meet. Do you see that in the news of the day, or is too often only the problem, crisis, or disaster showcased?
    As has been mentioned recently, the “occupy” groups were active over a month ago, but as a grassroots campaign got very little exposure. Once the media got involved we started seeing all the negative images, and as a person in Oakland said earlier this week, it only takes a few “problem children” to derail all the positive efforts of the organizers. Bottom line: we create higher expectations for ourselves, families, co-workers and others in our circle of influece, and then hold each other accountable, and be an informed and educated society, and we will move together in a positive direction. It starts with each of us…

    • Tom, Tonya and Amy each touched on the part of this that concerns me the most; that is, the “mob mentality” has prevailed in this drive to protest. There is no clear agenda other than protesting “the system.” But as Tom notes, nobody offers an alternative solution, just protest. I think when protest for the sake of protesting becomes the goal, mindless aggression isn’t far behind. And of course the media fuels the fires because it’s good for ratings. It would be clinically “interesting” to watch these events unfold if it weren’t such a damning comment on human nature in the 21st Century…thanks for your comments and thoughts…

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