I used to dislike hearing that word. Character! A noun meaning "the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual". Sums it up pretty good, wouldn't you say?
As I've said before, I was fortunate to have been raised by two very distinctive women of "character", my mother and my grandmother. Of course I didn't know it at the time, but they were influencing every day what I would become in life.
Every time I either made a mistake or did something right, my mother used to say "Denny, you are building character".
I never really understood until later in my life when they were both gone, that they had given me something that would carry me through life, through good times and bad. Character.
Of course you can look at that word from a different angle and say " isn't he a real character", and I must say, both were applicable at certain points in my life.
But the main point here is that many times, I feel that what is missing in our society today is the strength of convictions, that we get so wrapped up in our personal lives that we forget we're not alone, that we also have to live as a community.
The lack of strength of character diminishes us as a people, when greed overcomes common sense and decency. Unfortunately, that has become the creed of the modern age.
When we have too many people seeking too few resources, we resort to greed, in the sense of trying to protect our future by denying others the same opportunity.
The monetary greed of today will eventually destroy us, simply because you cannot marginalize a large portion of the population without dire consequences when they rise up against you. And that is where we are today.
People are becoming aware of what is being done to them, and the insurrection has already started. We will no longer tolerate the greed and lack of character of our supposed leaders. Keep that in mind when you go to the polls this year, and for those running for office, that goes double. You are supposedly running for office to do good by your fellow man. Do not forget that, because we certainly won't!
And we will hold you accountable for your actions!
Hold yourselves accountable, rely on your character, because after all is said and done, that's all you have!
LOOK IN THAT MIRROR!
May peace be with you!