There’s a growing dysfunction in this country of America, and it really troubles me. There is a segment of the American population that really doesn’t like America, feels an entitlement to some benefits from society, but little of no obligation to society.
When questioned about their lack of apparent affection for or adhesion to their Nation, the response I’ve gotten is that they really wish the best for America, and that relentlessly criticizing America is the best way for America to grow to fulfill its promise.
I don’t buy it, at all.
The bonds of family members are the closest and strongest. Then there are the bonds to community, and to one’s Nation. Each of these bonds is founded upon unconditional love. None of these bonds can survive on conditional, judgmental, withholding and manipulative love.
Yet that is exactly the kind of relationship I see these, well, for lack of a better word, “Progressives”, engaged in.
In a family, community, or nation, there will always be situations where one wishes for a different behavior on the part of others. Situations where advice will be offered, in the safe context of the relationship, not broadcast at the highest volume, with an invitation for those outside the family, community, or nation jump in and offer their own criticisms of the family, community, or nation.
Unconditional love does not mean blind acceptance of destructive or self-destructive behavior. Here is the crux of the matter: healthy adults know that unconditional love is mandatory for creating the safe and secure environment in which advice can be offered and accepted and progress achieved. Healthy adults know that savagely conditional and manipulative love only drives everyone to extend and go completely defensive.
I hope I’ve explained myself in a way that makes sense to you. I have no illusions that America is perfect, it is not. We have many things to do better on, so ask yourself: how do we create the environment that will draw people toward out of their corners and toward solutions? Through relentless and implacable criticism? Or with unconditional love, our greatest concern, and a commitment to help heal?
This Nation is in desperate need of a whole bunch of unconditional love.
G’day all, and may God continue to bless America!