America, What Have We Become?

I love the United States and always have. But recently, I have come to the end of my thoughts on what is proper in this society. For years, I have endeavored to engage in life in an honorable, upright, and righteous way. However, over several years, I have seen all of my virtues turned on their heads. All around me, I have witnessed the breakdown of societal norms in this country.
Nothing is what it seems anymore. Not truth, not reality, not distortions, not even the things we can see with our own eyes. There are no rules about who we are and what we do. There are no checks and balances on establishing validity or expressing common decency. As a society, we have sunk to the bottom rung on a pole with no end. We have come to distort what is self-evident, we have extolled untruths in the face of reality, and in the process, we have lied to our sons and our daughters.

We are no longer interested in the preservation of truth, tradition, or the systems that keep society from destroying itself. We no longer persevere to protect our relationships, our foundations nor the very rules that give us comfort in the face of anarchy. We have sacrificed everything for the sake of winning, compromised ourselves for beliefs rooted in nothing but our vanity and distorted truths.

We have come to bend reality to meet our goals and, in the process, wrecked the posture of decency, compassion, and forgiveness. We fight against ourselves in a stagnant war of attrition and to prove what? That you are better than me, that we come from different places, that we have different cultures. The very thing that made us strong is now tearing us apart. Our differences have rooted themselves in our minds and convinced us that there has to be something wrong if you are not like me, if you don’t think like me and if you don’t look like me. The biggest lie we can tell ourselves is that there is nothing wrong with all of this, that it is a normal course correction in a society gone awry. That it will all pass and that we have told the truth- unfortunately, my friends, you will find no truth in a lie…

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Hector Santana

Hector Santana

Top Writer-Camping. I love to write about the great outdoors, survival and foreign policy. An avid outdoorsman and survival instructor.