In an attempt to bring some sanity to the boards (what the hell was I thinking?) I just asked if a good community couldn't have stopped this and many other tragedies by being more proactive. Damn, you would have thought I stepped between a mother bear and her cub. The women all went on attack mode and attempted to lay bare my hide.
So why should concerned social progressives continue to try?
Now some may wonder how I can blame the community for what happened on that highway. I say that communities should be watching each other, helping each other, there as a first line of defense against abuse, neglect and worse. But in my mind communities isn't a reference to City XYZ, its groups of people that are aware of their neighbors, their friends and their family. Its people that arn't looking for that next wreck on the highway to see the blood, but those that deliver a home cooked meal for the elderly couple down the road.
But I suppose I'm just a lone voice, hoping against trend that our society can still move forward from the state of fear and paranoia we're living in and start accepting our neighbors for who they are, not what they can offer. I don't know how to make such radical social re-programming happen, but I do know that its not going to happen under Republican-corporate leadership. I think its only going to happen when real community leaders step forward, organize and set examples for everyone else.
Friday, July 29, 2005
I couldn't agree more, build communities
I'm not a huge fan of Sen. Hillary Clinton, but I do agree it takes a village and that Democrats would be better off if we talked about building communities more. So here's some more of that from the 43rd State Blues: