Meat, Fire, and Loud Booms

I raised my kids on a pretty simple philosophy.

Think for yourself and question everything.

Today America claims its 240th birthday.  Still a baby, yet it acts like it knows everything.  I completely understand.  My kids are 18 and 20.  They know everything.  Just ask them. They challenge me at times and I have to determine how I feel about it.

But I did raise them to think for themselves and to question everything.

It was easier when they were younger.  They would take my hand and ask a million questions about anything from astronomy to religion.  History to math.  Physics, entertainment, or psychology.

I never claimed to have the answers, but I enjoyed leading my children down a path and trying to get them to discover the answers.

This isn’t going to be a long one.  I’ve some hamburger soaking up spices and juices.  Soon they will become patties that will be cooked over briquettes and shoved between two toasted pieces of bread.  This is how America’s birthday goes down.

There will be potatoes.

I’m up at 3:00 am, the party may just be ending.  It might be tough to sleep.

There have been some changes in America’s dynamic.  Big changes.

I have no doubt that America was founded and built by the wealthiest of people.  But they were very liberal and talked as if they wanted a nation that asked lots of questions.  They wrote words down which made it seem as if they were wanting a nation of thinkers.

Thinkers.  Free thinkers.

Our original words to the world were, we are going to create an intelligent nation that will focus on ideas.  Pursuit of happiness.

This year is America’s 240th birthday.  I know I already said that, but think about what this year means.  I mean 2016.  America done grew down.  Trump may be trying to give black people three-fifths of a vote again.  I’m not sure.

The discussions have devolved.  Sexism, racism, and ageism.  The media is trying to turn us on with discussions on every weird thing it can latch onto.  Donald Trump used a Star of David symbol on a recent ad against Clinton.

Meanwhile a bombing killing over 200 people in Iraq happened.  And four bombings in Saudi Arabia over the last 24 hours.  Shouldn’t we care about that a little?

Today is about meat, open flames, and loud booms.  It’s a teenager’s party and we eat it up.

But can we teach our country to question everything again?  This nation has put several people in charge of thinking for us (CNN, FOX, MSNBC, SportsCenter, and E!).  I just think it would be a great gift to America.  It would be great to allow us the freedom that was written down 240 years ago.

Stop pushing religion.  That is the actual opposite of thinking for yourself.  See Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Corporately Modified Information needs to stop.  These people tell each and every person what to think and it works.

Start building our education system back up.  Intelligence is not cheap.  We need to be willing if we want to be leaders of though.  I realize that education is a Socialist idea and that’s why half the country is against it, but that takes me to…

Life is not black and white.  Be willing to listen and try to understand where others are coming from.  It won’t kill you.

America needs to be willing to accept its mistakes.  We’ve made some.

Dissent is healthy.

Nationalism is not a good strategy.  It’s always short term.  Always.  People cannot help where they are born.

Basically, give people the tools they need to succeed.


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