Saturday, May 30, 2009


Life, and how it progresses is an interesting thing. I have seen many changes and many amazing events in my lifetime. Space travel, the microwave oven, personal computers, and cell phones, all technical marvels. Especially since I remember having a party line telephone and I remember when passenger airplanes were propeller driven. But the thing I have seen that disturbs me, very much, is the decline of America!! Our society has completely descended into self-gratification and moral decay.

The America I grew up in was not perfect. There were unwanted children, poverty, crime, illicit sex, and drugs. But not to the level of today, and not marketed by Hollywood. Mom's stayed home and raised children, made dinner, cleaned the home, had gardens. Husbands worked, came home to a relatively well adjusted family, played with the children, and later, played with the wife. Today, everything is throw away. If anything goes wrong, its' gone. Including marriages and kids. People are only interested in their own gratification. The motto of the 60's, "If it feels good, do it." is the mantra of today's society. More is good in every arena, money, houses, cars, sex, drugs, booze, college degrees, and possessions. But all of this means nothing and can be thrown away if it fails to meet the irrational expectations of the individual.

Why has America fallen on its' own sword of success? Because it was easy. Our parents, if you are a "Boomer" made life easy for us. The government made life easy for us. Most of us have never really had to work for, wait for, save for, anything. Credit, parents, government programs, have made everything easy and therefore diminished the value of everything. We have even diminished the value, and intimacy of sex through pornography, and loose morals.

OK, to you who are younger, I sound like an old prude. But, experience has taught me that all that glitters is not gold. Sometimes the most precious thing we obtain are the thing we had to work the hardest for. But, if you never had to work hard for anything, you will not understand that. But, America, stand by, because we are going to have to work hard, just to survive. And even at that, we may not.

So, how does this fit in my PD blog? Well, having Parkinson's and Dementia makes me work hard to appear and act normal, to do the things I used to do without effort. But, I keep trying to be what I was before this challenge. Some folks look at me and say, "Your not sick" or "You look fine." That aggravates me and makes me happy at the same time. Aggravation because people think I am lying about my issues. Well, they don't know how hard I am working to look "Normal" to them.. Happy, because I know I can still "Do it".

What about our country? I don't know. I think as a nation we are about to get the biggest dose of reality we have ever seen. How this "Me first" generation responds will be interesting and will tell the future. When there is no easy food, no easy jobs, no safety net, that's when we will see what we are made of. Protecting yourself and your family will be your job. Providing food, shelter, warmth, will be your job. The future will be interesting, but I am not sure I want to watch. We will see what we will see.

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