American Greed

 

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back and I’m here to talk about the world we live in today. After reading the book “Detroit: An American Autopsy,” I was upset. The level of corruption in this story was heartbreaking especially when you see the innocent lives that have been lost because of it.

Detroit: An American Autopsy by [LeDuff, Charlie]

I’m sad because the men in power put their own greed above the lives of these people. That in a nutshell is what’s wrong with our world today. This feeling that there isn’t enough. We have to have more. Where did this come from?

I know it’s a competitive streak. We all want to be the best, but what determines the best? What magical standards are we trying to achieve? The thing is we’re all as unique as snowflakes. Let’s celebrate that. If we were all comfortable in our own skins we wouldn’t feel the need to keep up with the Jones. We’d be too busy wallowing in our happiness to care what they were doing.

Photo via VisualHunt

          That’s why we as humans must become internally oriented. We must decide what makes us happy and work toward those goals and allow everyone else the same freedom. We’ll be so busy making ourselves happy we won’t have time to see what our neighbors are doing. If we let go of judging other people and they in turn let go of judging us, we’ll have a happier society.

I know what you’re thinking. Sure that takes care of the neighborhood when times are golden, but what about when times are tough?  Like they are now. That’s a good question and I’m here to tell you that we need to make a major shift in our society. We see what’s happening in cities like Detroit and Flint. We see how corruption destroyed people during the housing bubble, we see how the market is manipulated on Wall Street. We even see how the Catholic Church covered up abuse in their hierarchy, but we don’t do anything about it.  When I think about all those priests who abused kids in their parishes and got caught. It makes me sick. It makes me even more nauseous when I think about how the church covered up the abuse. They moved these priests around. Not one priest went to jail. Not one. We should’ve been marching at the steps of Rome over that one.

 

Photo credit: Greg Hayter via VisualHunt / CC BY

          It appears to me, there are two sets of laws in our country. The people in power can break the law and no one goes to jail.  The average Joe pulls one of their stunts and it’s a totally different story. It’s in the papers and on the news.  This has to change. There’s one set of laws for all of us. All of us. And it’s simple. If you break the law, you are held accountable. There are no excuses.  How do you feel about that? Leave a comment. I’d love to read how you feel!

To learn more about some of the points I brought up in this post click the links below:

My Thoughts on the Movie Spotlight: Corruption in the Catholic Church

My Thoughts on the Big Short

My Thoughts on Money Monster

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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12 Responses to American Greed

  1. Traci York says:

    Sadly, I agree – the idea of personal responsibility seems to have disappeared in recent years, and the more powerful you are, the less accountability you have. Hoping to see the tide turn in the near future!

  2. sharonledwith says:

    Accountability seems to be a trait humans have a hard time grasping. Many people will blame others before they take on the responsibility. Good and timely post, Lisa. We really need to be more internally oriented! Cheers!

  3. Jumped over from the Senior Salon
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Oh Lisa, I literally cry about similar stories, almost daily anymore. Though there are many of us who desperately want to see things change, it seems we are losing the battle – especially following the events since America’s current hate-mongering “leader” headed for the Oval Office. Important post.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

  4. Osyth says:

    A kindred voice indeed. What we need and what we want are too different things and taking the want road which seems to have, in my lifetime become the dominant one, leads us down a path to increasing greed. People say money is the root of all evil, I would contend that it is part of the problem but the real root cause of the rot that permeates the world is greed and tragically the majority in the West seem to be happy to sign up to it.

  5. mariaholm says:

    Such an interesting post at -lot to think about. I think we live in a time where things will be exposed to a degree we never before have witnessed. That will not look pretty but then things can be cleaned up and the people with blood on their hands will be held accountable also those who used to be in power.

  6. I read this one too. Being from Detroit, I saw his point, but he’s a little bit behind the times. For the last few years Detroit has seen a lot of progress. I don’t just mean the multi-million dollar sports stadiums or the awesome riverfront park, but young people are moving back into the city. I’m in a Detroit area writing group and just about every single one of our younger members lives in the city. This gives me great hope.

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