There are a thousand hacking away at the branches of evil to one striking at the root. – Henry David Thoreau
But where is the root? How can you find it, buried beneath all that dirt? You can’t see it. It is down deep. Do you have the tools necessary to dig that far? Do you have the strength? Or is simply looking for it the answer?
So many people try to treat the symptom rather than the source. They attack the outcome. They run around in circles, never resting, because they don’t hack away at the root.
I want to cure cancer by preventing it. Not by drugs, but by better lifestyle choices.
I want to solve the pro-life anti-abortion debate the same way. I believe in better birth control through better self control.
I believe the cure for poverty is the same as well.
In all situations, accidents happen, but they are a minority. We can’t blame outside circumstances when the problem often starts inside.
We cannot keep living our lives passively as if someone else is going to rescue us. We can’t wait for a hero, a superman, or a Messiah.
Our parents, our schools, and our churches teach us this pattern. Sit down, shut up, and an authority figure will do all the talking and all the thinking. Our job is to parrot back what we have heard. Deviations from this are punished by shaming or shunning. We are told to stop talking or told to leave.
It is time for us to occupy our lives. It is time to be adults in more than name only. It is time to look behind us for lessons and to look ahead of us for repercussions. We can’t run on auto pilot anymore.
We have met the enemy, and he is us. – Pogo.
We are the ones we have been waiting for. (Attributed to Hopi elders)
We are the problem and the solution.