Loc: Yuba City, California
[censored], you would be the one held responsible, the [color:red]one</font color=red> left standing when the music stops.<br><br>In the corporate world that axiom generally applies to the working stiffs, the ones who can't afford to question lousy leadership decisions, especially when performance is rewarded irrespective of principles. <br><br>More often than not, we go along to get along. Why make waves? Why stick your neck out like a Norma Rae when you know you'll suffer dearly along with everyone you know? <br><br>I don't know about you, but anecdotal accounts of those who railed against unprincipled behavior and illegal activities and were beaten within an inch of their lives, only to triumph in the end, have always hit me where I live. This nation was founded on the backs of those who lived in that very manner and who we now hold in the highest esteem. Their stories and values fill our history books and our children's heads but, perhaps they fail to make the connection between those really "old" people and the people of today, including their parents, because we have failed in our convictions and don't inspire by example.<br><br>It's time for a paradigm shift and I can see the way ahead. We need another tea party. We need to reaffirm those truly noble qualities that gave rise to our nation by breaking our dependence on a greedy aristocracy and a feudal social order. In stages, we have gone from dependence to independence and claimed our freedom from our oppressors. The final stage of self-actualization of a nation is to realize how truly interdependent we are in this world; how can we be free, or exemplify the meaning of the word, when the majority of the world still lives in fear and oppression.<br><br>Perhaps we're not there yet. I guess we're still working through that stage of independence in some kind of capitalistic free-for-all.<br><br>[color:red]Red = added</font color=red><br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by G4Dualie on 06/13/07 08:54 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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