Recently, some one near and dear asked me why I get involved in so many activities. The answer is surprisingly simple: It makes me feel good. Those five self-serving words create a singularly selfish reason and is my only motivator.
I know that our civilization is in bad shape. Those elected to represent us are all too often completely disinterested in making their community better. Instead, they seek power and money. It has been said that people to don’t run for office for money, they run for the power. I didn’t realize what that meant or even how true the statement was until I started seeing how often a candidate will say what they will do if elected only hear them boast about all of the programs they have created or worked on and how noble each of them is after they are elected.
I have been a Monday night armchair quarterback in politics for a number of years. It’s a safe place to be. You can rant and rave about this politician or that administration and you never really need to do anything. Talk radio is a great forum for the armchair politician. The host screams about how screwed up everything is since this person was elected or that law passed. You might even feel strong enough about s topic to call in and have your say. And that was the end of my political and civic involvement.
No, not even close. In elementary school I was a cub scout and an alter server (a.k.a. alter boy. And wouldn’t you know it, my son is also an alter server.). In high school I enrolled in the Army JROTC program. In college it was the police academy and sheriff’s academy. After becoming a parent I found myself looking to be involved again but this time with my children. I signed my son up for cub scouts and later boy scouts. I became an Assistant Scout Master and merit badge counselor which meant lots of training. It was fun but my son decided he wanted to focus on his school work so he dropped out of scouting.
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