Lori Mould's everyday life!

A sea of dysfunction! December 2, 2013


On November 22, 2013, we experienced the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. The buzz surrounding the social media circles that I follow centered around several JFK quotes: “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,” and “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them!”  

It is in moments like these that I saw hope for the country and felt a sense of civility that seemed to be returning towards our fellow man.  I heard and read various conversations about how we should reach out to help hose in need such as: like those in our country that wake up and go to bed hungry and that have no place to call “home” because they are homeless. But for some, almost as quick as those words were uttered they were forgotten!

The opinions and statements that I want to discuss here today should not be tied into what political party you are affiliated with (so please do not make this into a political platform) because I feel it is about how some of us view money and material things over people!  This last week I have witnessed and seen some pretty scary attitudes that are plaguing our country. People have lost the ideal that we should respect the opinions of others without bashing them for their beliefs such as: the people that shop on Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday are part of the problem with this country.  In some ways that might be true, however, there are many folks out there that can only afford presents for their children and families if they shop during those times because of the “HUGE” savings passed on the consumers. When you have not walked in another person’s shoes, it is easy to say how they are part of the problem and not the solution.

So less than one week after all the niceties were uttered we have the nastiness that surrounds the upcoming holiday season!  People bashing others for shopping on Thanksgiving/Black Friday, the loss of compassion over the huge issue of homelessness in this country, the total disregard for human life, the value of a celebrity’s life held at a higher regard than another person’s life, and I could go on….  

When did we become a society that has so little value on a human life? In just one instance, a man lost his life just because he was doing his job at a WalMart in Long Island and people were in such a frenzy over saving a few dollars on some electronics that they did NOT or chose NOT to notice that they crushed a person to death! The NYDailynews.com stated, “When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since Friday morning,” witness Kimberly Cribbs said. “They kept shopping.” (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/worker-dies-long-island-wal-mart-trampled-black-friday-stampede-article-1.334059)

I, personally, do not put a huge value on material possessions because where I live, what I drive, and what I wear should NOT define me as person!! I am saddened by what I have seen on the news and social media and it breaks my heart to know that more tears have been shed over a celebrity’s death than the 4 children that are killed everyday by abuse and/or neglect in the US (http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/each-day-in-america.html).

Things have to change!! There NEEDS to be value put back on everyone’s lives…How and what can we do to help make this change??? How do we make people understand that a life is MUCH more important than a material object?

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4 Responses to “A sea of dysfunction!”

  1. Ryan Calic Says:

    This is a poignant piece written by Lori Mould, who’s a friend, a student of journalism, and someone I have coordinated with on relief work projects. It makes me think of Matthew 19:24: “Again I tell you it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven”

    That doesn’t just apply to rich people. Nor do you have to be Christian to understand the moral of the allegory: You come into the world without possessions, and you leave the world without possessions. So, who are we as human beings to fight over and judge others for their desire to covet possessions or their lack of ability to covet them?

    When we put faith in the idols of golden cows, and do not put enough faith in ourselves, the results speak for themselves; we do not find that these material possessions we covet make us feel truely happy or spiritually satisfied, nor do they engender a sense of honor and trust in our fellow man. When my paternal grandfather died, everyone at his funeral said that you could not anyone who could say a bad word about him. I could never be honored with such esteem in death. But, it’s an ideal that I would still strive to get as close to as possible because it is your reputation and the memory of ones deeds that are immortalized, not the possessions you had or desired.

  2. Kim Russell Says:

    Lori, you said it bettter then I could have. What people do not realize is that homelessness can strike anyone at any given time. “Rich or Poor.”


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