Finally the government shut down has ended. However, it is only a temporary fix to a much larger problem. Our elected officials do not know how to play well together. It is time that the government acts like the disciplined offspring that is was conceived to be. On the other hand, the American people must be willing to take responsibility on being lax in its supervision of the everyday workings of the many different sections of the government. Families in Lexington, KY must step up to the plate and start a change.
A family functions by acknowledging that you are attached to each other for better or worse. There are times when you are not going to agree, sometimes that gets heated. However, at the end of the day you know that the person you disagreed with is still your mother, father, daughter, son, brother, sister, husband or wife. You are a unit that comes back to the table and says, “OK, let's agree to disagree.” If you can't get to this point it continues to be chaos.
Respect and mutual tolerance is not something that is born into us. It is taught or not, as the case may be. We are born into a rather small social circle that includes people fairly similar to our own selves. When a child grows and starts to interact with others outside of their regular social circle they start to understand community. Our id, as defined by Sigmund Freud, has control until we are taught to play nice, to share, to use our words instead of throwing tantrums or hitting. Without this guidance an individual become an outcast that doesn't know how to react to outside stimuli in a positive manner.
As Americans we are part of a family, a national family. A family with many common beliefs as well as many differences. As a nation we must teach our children tolerance for others, compassion for our neighbors and sincerity with our interactions. Without these common courtesies not only would our families become even more dysfunctional but our communities begin to break down. We have seen much of that in recent years. We must start with our selves, each and every individual to bring about change. Change in our families, children, schools, communities, cities, states, and even our government starts with just one step, that step is to be accountable for your actions and reactions to each other in a civilized, caring way.