Taking care of your home is not unlike taking care of the country you live in. Both are based on principles we were presumably taught at a very young age. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
Fulghum lays down the foundation for living a fulfilling life. Sadly, many of us have forgotten the basic guidelines. Here are a few, for reminders:
Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Some children who were taught these basic principles seem to forgotten a few along the way. Maybe they were exposed to other children who were not taught the same principles. Perhaps some were raised in a household with few or no rules to prepare them for the world. A world without rules or principles may have appeared appealing when you have had to clean up your own mess all your life.
Some parents may take more of a dictatorial role in child rearing, leaving children with few or no principles or problem solving skills for living. In the end, these children may suffer the most in life. As adults they are may be more likely to follow the crowd, usually the wrong crowd, because they believe these people have all the answers. They give off a false but extroverted attitude. They may act like they have all the answers, yet more likely be those who know little of what it takes to keep their own house in order. They are also likely to be the bullies of the world.
Maintaining a household is hard work. Ask anyone who does it, and especially one who holds a full time job as well. If there are children involved, multiply the difficulty ten-fold.
If you want to be comfortable in your home, you pay your electric and gas bill on time. Whether you own a car or not, transportation must be provided to get where you need to go. Clothes must be bought, food put on the table, repairs made routinely. Many chores must be performed to get the job done.
It comes down to rules, and principles and fairness in their application. Rules must be followed to maintain your home. If not, relations in it fall apart like a house of cards. Stability must be present for the home to stand.
No one wants to see their home fall apart. No one wants their children to go without the basic necessities in life. Health insurance comes to mind. Who doesn't want health insurance for their family?
On a personal note, I have been informed that my doctor of six years is switching to what is called a “concierge or boutique” healthcare service. The service is being billed as helping patients in a more personal way, without assembly line treatment. Doctors joining this service say they are tired of being dictated to by insurance companies, regarding how many patients they must treat per day. For this “service” a patient must pay an additional $1500.00 per year! Add that to a $300.00 monthly premium, and a $5000.00 deductible—such as my own--and the whole arrangement is too ludicrous to contemplate. My doctor is cutting her patient load from 2400 to 300. In other words, 1,100 people are left in the cold to find other doctors, making even the assembly line more inaccessible. When does the lunacy end?
It could end now--really!
Last week came the announcement of “The Justice Party.” Which you probably never heard of, but even as I write these words, the party is getting into full swing, with a remarkable man named Rocky Anderson.
Who is Rocky Anderson? I’m so glad you asked!
Rocky Anderson was a two term Mayor of Salt Lake City and is now filing with the FEC for candidacy as President of the United States.
Examples of his platforms include climate protection, immigration reform, restorative criminal justice, GLBT rights, ending the war on drugs, and many other seemingly common sense platforms that any human being ought to be happy with. He also happens to be the only Mayor who advocated the impeachment of Little George.
Although a former member of the Democratic Party, he fully understands that have become no better than the Republicans. He is a long time critic of the Bush and Obama administration and the Iraq war.
Some of his awards include: EPA Climate Protection Award; Sierra Club Distinguished Service Award; Respect the Earth Planet Defender; National Association of Hispanic Publications Presidential Award; and many others, which I encourage you to look up (references below).
According to Wikipedia: When he was practicing law, Anderson was affiliated with several non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, providing educational opportunities for economically-disadvantaged children, improving the penal and criminal justice systems, and strengthening legislative ethics. He served as president of the boards of the ACLU of Utah, Guadalupe Schools, and Citizens for Penal Reform, which he founded. He also served as a board member of several other community-based, non-profit organizations, including Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, and Utah Common Cause. On behalf of Common Cause, Anderson lobbied for stronger legislation pertaining to ethical conduct by elected officials and for campaign finance reform.
Anderson was quoted in the local daily newspaper as follows: "Do you think that lobbyists do this stuff [giving lawmakers everything from courtside Utah Jazz tickets and breakfasts at the exclusive Alta Club to graphite golf clubs] out of the kindness of their hearts?' he asks. “They do it so they can influence the legislator, and that's a bribe."
More ideas, direct from Rocky himself: “Imagine a party and candidates who will fight to finally eliminate the corrupting influence of corporate and other concentrated wealth from politics -- who will work toward universal health care coverage -- and who will hold everyone accountable under the law, regardless of wealth and power. Do you recognize the real possibility, especially at a time when most Americans want to see major changes?”
Who is not tired of the horrible mess our country is in? Who would not want our country to be run like an efficient and just household? I encourage you to check out the following information on Rocky and draw your own conclusions. You just might find yourself “ready to Rock!”
© Christine Geery 2011