Is this it? Is this what 400 years of American achievement has brought us? Have we finally become a society that measures its worth solely on the size of our bank accounts rather than on the value of our contributions?
It wasn't that long ago that the thirty year long "me decade" was a punchline. It's not so funny anymore. J.F.K.'s inaugural exhortation has been flipped on it's head - and a nation where hard work was once valued is now the nation where gamesmanship is most prized. Why work for your money when your money can work for you! Sounds good until your money goes on strike!
So what is there to look forward to? Where can we find optimism in a bearish world?
The ideas and ideals that made America are still here. There are still people that want to live up to them - leaders and followers.
As this is my 300th blog entry for Gillette On Hillsborough, I have given it the traditional nominal title. I don't have all 300 reasons to keep looking up, but I will get you started with a few.
I believe we can have compassion without resentment.
I believe we can have assistance without entitlement.
I believe we can have ambition without greed.
I believe we can have service without self-interest.
What do you believe?