Isaac — I’m with you part of the way.
John Hopkins
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John, I hope you are with me a little more of the way.

Very well written, John. I’m not sure we are disagreeing on a few points as much as more clarity needs to be made apparent. I may be wrong but here we go. I was not saying we shouldn’t mingle with those we can identify with. I think it would be too much of a disconnect to completely pull away, really not necessary and maybe harmful. My point is we need to be careful who we hang out with and what we focus on. As humans, we tend to lower ourselves to the people around us, rather than raise up the whole group. We, literally become who we hang out with. This is why we see generational poverty here in America. Children see their mothers having multiple partners with no commitment, having babies with those partners and then getting subsidized housing, welfare, free healthcare as how business is done. My point then is we need to get out of the box and see how another group does it. If we don’t we aren’t living in “I don’t know something or how to do something”. We are living in “I don’t know that I don’t know how to do something”. The worst part is we have apologist liberal leaders who tell the underclass that the reason why they are in their situation has nothing to do with their own actions. They imprison them with telling them it is because they are victims of racism and white privilege and that is why they should get free things from housing to food to healthcare, to getting into college with lower grades and test scores. These people, then, are internalizing this victimization and justifying it. Isn’t it so much easier to blame someone else, especially when there are leaders to tell us it is true? The other dictum to “we are who we hang out with” is “we are what we talk about and focus on”. So, people need to get out of their cocoon. Not just the victim mentality types but the victimizers, who are the liberal politicians and the community leaders who don’t really care but just want their vote and patronage. They need to see the damage they cause by disenpowering these people by telling them they can’t get by on their own. Isn’t that telling them they aren’t good enough and making the problem worse?

In regards to the materialism craze in America, I couldn’t agree more. The ability to make huge money by some has created a huge disparity in this country. In America, it truly is possible to make a lot of money. I think much more avenues than in the rest of the world. I fear, though, if we don’t turn the tide soon, we will be just another crumbling empire. People don’t understand that money and things that money can buy aren’t the reason to work hard and succeed. With success we feel good about ourselves. If we help others, first our own family, then outside of the nucleus, if we have our priorities in the right order, will be even happier. You may think me archaic, but I believe our life isn’t our own. We are here to continue society and not with fake social justice. We are here to bond, to procreate and grow emotionally and be leaders in our own life. Great countries are made up of great regions which are made up of great neighborhoods which are made up by great families which are made up by great people. If we remember this simple thing most of our problems will just improve.

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