An Ill Wind Blowing: A Plea for Reason and True Goodness in America

Sep 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good,” exclaimed John Heywood in 1546. Perhaps today’s news suggests the veracity and tenacity of this antique proverb. Ill winds seem to be blowing rather ferociously these days. The storms that affect so many and so much, the financial markets that plunge so deeply, the evidence of consequences of ethical and moral and legal and political and financial choices seem to be battering the world’s psyche.

Head in the sand types will look the other way, hope for a simplistic solution and imagine themselves as acting out of some kind of so called and suspect religious motivation. Rationality seems to be at the bottom of our list of behaviors.

Maybe, just maybe, we think some new American Idol personality will make it alright. Maybe, if we revert to type and act out school yard behavior, we will end up okay. Maybe, if we just believe the worst of the best and settle for the best of the worst we will survive. Somehow, I don’t think so.

Those on the Texas coast who chose not to evacuate are good people. They just used bad judgment. So are we as we face the plethora of politics and its attendant confusions. We too aren’t bad people, we just can’t seem to make very good choices. The last eight years, which is about the amount of time it takes to earn a PhD, surely should have taught us something.

Yet, blindly, we are like lemmings heading for the cliffs.

The news this morning doesn’t tell the whole story. For there is, in the breast of all, a beating heart that yearns for REASON. There is inside the whole of us, a conscience, a spirit, a deep seated desire to find the best and be the best. So, tempted by the sin of cynicism, let us ward off that debilitating choice by looking to the good. Let us find the good which can buttress us from “ill winds blowing.”

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