My mom and dad

Posted: December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
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I grew up One of four children in a six person family. I was born in 1977 (now you can do the math). I watched my mom and dad take care of my family through out the 80’s and 90’s, I left for the army in 1998.

The 80’s in the United States were a decade that many would define as one of decadence. There was in the 80’s a growing middle class in the United States and a rather high amount of wealth was generated in the middle class. While many families were participating in decadence and runaway spending my parents did a great job of maintaining a family without overspending on material things. My parents took me and my sisters to museums libraries and landmarks all over Ohio and the United States. We learned and grew to be well cultured people thanks in no small part to the way my parents spent money they earned in the 80’s.

The 90’s in the United States started with the country winning the cold war with the Soviet Union. The citizens of the United States no longer lived in fear of the Soviets but, violent militia groups in the United States as well as terrorists outside of the United States seemed to rise more after the fall of the USSR. There was also a political and social polarization taking place. The battleground was all of America. You were either a Republican or a Democrat and as such your leader was either Gingrich or Clinton. My parents were not Clinton supporters but they have always identified as an independent voter. While it seemed like the nation was becoming more and more divided my parents did their best to teach me and my sisters through deeds and words that everyone deserved respect no matter their political leanings, race, religion or sex.

The United States and the world are changing. In 1830 the United States moved from an agricultural workforce to an industrial one. Now in 2016 it seems that the country is shifting from an industrial workforce into a thinking workforce. “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”  — Warren Bennis 

This changing country is described, by some as a wind or a storm and there are a few ways to weather storms. One way to weather a storm is to build a wall and try and fight the storm but, it seems that every time humanity tries to fight mother nature mother nature wins. Another way to fight the storm is to hunker down in the eye of the storm adjust and live our lives.

I like to think that my parents did this for me and my sisters. They keep us insulated in the eye of the storm and while doing that prepared us for entering the storm through an education in all the sciences arts and most importantly how to treat others.

If our country or world is to survive the storm of the “thinking age” we have to learn and respect everyone.

peace

john3c

 

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