Why do we prioritize profit when we’re losing our souls?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Britain’s ready to go to war to wipe out ISIS but Obama vacillates and while the threat grows, most of us don’t believe.

Even after 9/11, people refuse to believe that our country could be thrown into chaos if small ISIS terrorist teams were sent out across North America. I feel most feel that they can have a “let it happen to the other guy and the other place” attitude. But I see it happening here and do we deserve it.

We look the other way and let so many things happen to our neighbors and friends. We do this while profiting without a care to humanity as a whole. So why not let the world crumble as long as we can roll along?

I feel that’s why we are in this trouble. We do not take care of others as we would be taken care of. We’re following the motto of “It’s fine to rip off others, as long as I am not ripped off.”

Back in 1994 with Vietnam a distant memory, the Woodstock 25th anniversary old hippies who had turned in their flower power Micro Buses for a BMW or Mercedes were blasé about Rwanda, with its horrifying human slaughter. Rwanda did not affect them. Protesting for them was in the past as the draft was for Vietnam.

I see it’s just human nature that people now think it’s always right to do what profits them. From little issues on a community level to world-changing issues, most feel it’s all right to profit over others, even casualities.

It’s an odd comparison perhaps but Iraq has just American equipment now. What happened to the Mideast’s largest Russian-built armored army? There’s lots of money in scrap while selling replacement American armor.

Replacing reusable equipment with what’s not needed, I see that as abstract as destroying a fine artisan facility like the Art Barn to just embellish the more social parts of our local art world.

These are odd comparisons that just sum up how bad our human situation is. Human nature needs to change and be out there to serve the common good, by righting wrongs.

 

Jim Reilly
Greenwich

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