In college I was a history minor. I was only two classes away from a major and basically did it so that if I needed to fall back on teaching as a career, I had background to do it. I remember in history learning about all the evils imposed on societies from around the world. Whether it was towards women, blacks, slaves or Jews, evil seems to always find its way into our world in an acceptable manner. In America it was slaves, certain religions, certain ethnicities, political views or sexual identitiy. It never ends and many evils only recently ended, while others are still happening.
I always thought that people were ultimately good at heart. This belief has been in question the past few years. If people are truly good, why does crime occur? Why are people still denied their rights to marry who they want or to have the family they desire? Why are we still racist? Why does not everyone have health care? Why do children or spouses get abused and assaulted? Why do innocent college kids get shot on campus? Not everyone who does these horrible things is insane- smart and educated people are multiculturally incompetent and intolerable. It is getting harder and harder to belief that people are ultimately good.
I read a lot of books about America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Crimes and ways of life that were ok then are seem as horrendous now. How long til what we do now will seem that way? We think it was so horrible that slaves existed or that blacks were discriminated against. How long until we think the same thing of the LGBTQ population and their rights? How long til we think that denying health care to citizens was outrageous? When will we wake up and stop politics from becoming a game of this-for-that and under the table favors and really involve ourselves in what we believe in for the good of our country- for the good of society? When will public schools get the support they need to educate our students to be productive citizens of the future? When will it really be acceptable for a woman to never marry or have children and we do not judge her? God knows progress has been made but for the US being a society of the future, our views and rights are embarrassing.
When, when, when. I may be an idealist, but I used to be much more of a believer in the good of people. Now all I see is selfishness and schemes. Our race will not be around forever, and I can only hope that someday after I am gone, I can be around to somehow witness the future generations realize our mistakes and take it in their own hands to make the world a better place.