Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wise Men

Our founding fathers were very learned men.  They were well read for the times.  They were smart and thoughtful and enlightened for the time.  But most of all they were "wise" men.  They gave the issues of the day deep thought and rendered very wise decisions.  These decisions were not only for the time they lived in but seemed to be for the future as well.  They had vision.  So they were both wise and with vision.  I can't say the same for the leaders of today.  They are not wise in the same way as the founding fathers were.  They seem to lack vision.  I can blame the lack of vision on the need to get reelected every few years.  They are so concerned about pleasing the masses that they can't have the vision required for longevity. What does this say about us?  We have high technology at our finger tips.  We should be far advanced as problem solvers over the founding fathers.  We can communicate in an instant when it took them days or months.  But instead we are not problem solvers.  We get bogged down with what seems like the simplest of issues and we make them into crises.

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

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