Occasionally I write a commentary Today’s is not aimed at Christians but people of any belief system. As I was reading the newspaper yesterday and came to one of my favorite parts the little “Looking Back” feature in the Houston Chronicle. One if the events made me stop and think about how as a country we in the USA have lost a lot of our community. So, I want to ask you a question. Do you know what you were doing on February 9, 1964? I will give you a hint, it was a Sunday. I can guess what a great majority of you who were alive that Sunday evening were doing. You were most likely in a living room watching the Ed Sullivan Show. Why? Because that night the Beatles made their US broadcast debut.
For mu younger readers, back then most people only had access to three broadcast networks. Certain shows were so popular that the majority and sometime much more than a majority would be watching the same show at the same time. Before DVRs if you missed a show when it originally aired you may have missed it entirely and at best you might get to see it during summer reruns. The Ed Sullivan Show was one show in particular that drew audiences of all ages. On Monday mornings people would talk about the show, who was on it, which act was the best or which was the worst. While there were fewer entertainment choices there was a commonality of experience we lack today.
With hundreds of cable channels to watch and an unlimited number of internet site to entertain us we can go weeks without watching the same things those around us watch. We become more and more isolated. We can now watch only those people we totally agree with and can go days without hearing an opinion that we disagree with. Conservatives watch Fox News while liberals watch MSNBC. We can read only those periodicals that we agree with or only blogs that we agree with.
When we lose these common touchstones we lose our sense of community. With this loss we find it harder and harder to work together. Even when we have common goals we can find that we no longer hear each other so nothing gets done. Rather than seek common cause we blame each other.
One of the greatest things about the USA was that this country took people from all over the world and made them one. We could celebrate our diversity and our common heritage as Americans. Today though we worship at the altar of diversity and look on common ideals as something to be feared and avoided at all cost. We label ourselves and others and we find ourselves in camps us versus them.
It is possible to hold different and even conflicting ideologies and still work together for the common good. We need to recognize that good ideas can come from all beliefs. We do not have to cast off our values to work together. Modern technology is a wonderful too. But it is just a tool. We should not let our tools separate us.
Have a blessed day,