There are many things that I admire about this great country. The people, security, way of life, excellence and sense humor. There are evil persons and some that leave us questioning our true faith in humanity with their ridiculous antics but overall it is relatively a good nation. In this goodness lies a great virtue.
The virtue of giving and sharing this great dream that is America with the world. We as a nation want every one to share with and experience this. Unfortunately we forget that seem people just don’t want to hear it or have anything to do with it. Like in real life we cant force someone to share our vision or experience something they are not convinced of themselves. They must believe it and be convinced. Think of an addict and you tell them there is a better life and there is something greater than the drug induced reality they chase. They are so wrapped up in that world that it is hard to really understand what could like for them on the other side. Maybe they grew up this was and have seen this normality all their life or even god forbid were born already addicted due to other circumstances.
As a result we must be careful in the people and in a macro sense the nations that we help and make sure we are not enablers and facilitators of greater evil and mischievous activities in the world. Sometimes this aid and rally most often than not comes out as monetary aide and we all know the ease in which this type of aid can be abused. Even more so than food and equipment, money can be converted and used in any fashion and for any means.
The saying “teach a man to fish” really pops up. Empowering the populace is the real key, but an even more important factor is that the population must be willing and able to be empowered. Throwing money or aid at someone or some nation is really only propagating the problems. Again referring back to the addict analogy, continuing to enable keeps that person from hitting rock bottom and finding their true self in the process. Only there can life decision be made to either change or continue on the path of self destruction. I also understand that as a free sovereign nation it is difficult to let oppression just “happen”. Like a women who is abused by her husband and yet refuses to leave them. its difficult to understand their motives and reasoning but we can all be sure she has them.
The majority of people like this that live in abusive and torn environments have no where else to go or feel that they would be better off if they left to begin with. It is quite a difficult problem to solve but one that must be handled with care and compassion instead of force and aggressive tactics. There are way too many people that really put on this front to obtain aid. Two faced, conniving and manipulative are only some of the words used to describe them. We are too often lead astray and too quick to give out aid.
“You notice a speck in your brothers eye, but neglect the stick coming out of yours”. We have enough problems at home and withing our borders and immediate vicinity to be wasteful and ignorant. National security is highly important that that must always be a priority in maintaining safety, but there is a fine line between protecting and propagating. I hope that we are more in the business of protecting and concerned more about the welfare and health of these people and nations that we “aid” and not just in it for self interest.