Will Rogers, one of our down-home philosophers, described advertising as the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need. Advertising drives shopping and shopping drives America. It’s the number one diversion that keeps us numb, not dumb, but numb to the notion, for example, that we can do anything to change what comes out of Washington. We’re conditioned to getting in line and not causing any trouble. Meanwhile, the strongest arm of our
government is now located on K Street, home of all the lobbyists. They run the country, powered by money from the top 1% and major corporations, all funneled to our congressmen to support their re-elections, and all cheered on by our TV blowhards and pretty faces. We forget that they are on the payroll, too: the world’s media is controlled by just 12 major corporations, run by the likes of Rupert Murdoch.
So what are we going to do about it?
When we face a serious trial in our lives, a loss of a loved one, or a serious illness, like cancer – cancer now affects 6 out of 10 families – we need someone to talk to, someone who has been down the road we’re facing, ideally a caregiver trained in Stephen ministry. Here is a trusted friend who can help you get your life in order, who meets with you once a week, same time, same place, so you can talk openly
and honestly, ridding yourself of any old baggage from the past that you might be harboring, old sins or regrets – some of us were raised on guilt and punishment -- your caregiver will be helping you get in perspective with you, who you are and who you want to be, in perspective with your wife or husband, your family and friends, the people you love and love you, and in perspective with the Lord.
Best of all, no one else will ever know what you two talked about, but the Lord will be listening in.
Do you believe that everything, everything, is in God’s Plan?
Some of us have lost a son or daughter to a highway accident, or worse, to drugs; two out of three have suffered a trial with cancer before fading away; millions have been unemployed for at least two years and have lost their self-worth along with a job; maybe you have suffered a separation and nasty divorce, along with the blended, and unblended, families that follow.
The point is that our lives are filled with trials. Fortunately, there is some balance provided by all the triumphs, the wonderful things that happen in our lives. Do we accept that they happen, at random, or do we envision a Lord up there pushing the reward or punish buttons according to our good or bad behavior? Some of us, especially as we get older, learn to expect the unexpected and simply pray for the strength, patience and wisdom to endure the trials and appreciate the triumphs.
One of the virtues of sculpting is that you can be thinking of something else while your hands are busy creating something that will be cherished for a lifetime. My something else is usually someone else’s problem.