The Pyramid of Disaster
The Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines a citizen as “a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection.” That’s good for starters. But what really makes a citizen? Personally, I believe that a person who serves his country, whether in the military or as a peace officer or as an EMT or as a teacher/educator or as a psychotherapist aiding others, is a citizen. I further believe that a true citizen votes in elections, even when the choices are unpalatable. Today, unfortunately, we see the three cornerstones that inevitably lead to totalitarianism rearing their ugly “heads”: APATHY, DEPENDENCY and A MISPLACED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT. This is a Pyramid of Disaster. We see this not only in the United States but worldwide. There are those out there who thrive on this pyramid, and promote it wherever they can. It is up to individuals to resist these impulses and become active in constructive ways within the system. Violence is not the answer. Violence is a cop-out. Thinking for one’s self may be harder for some than picking up a rock, but the results are more gratifying and fruitful.