Separating from Reality

“Life is a fairy tale…”
“You can be what you want to be…”
“If you dream it, you can do it…”

How many times have we heard these statements in the mouths of movie stars and animated characters? Do we realize the danger these “disconnected from reality” statements represent? To give an example —everyone wants lower taxes, but no-one wants to give up their government provided goodies.

Until recently it was thought the primary message of the 2010 Congressional election was that Americans were fed up with successive governments’ willingness to run up deficit-after-deficit and their associated refusal to seriously restrain public spending. If, however, the results of a much-discussed Wall St Journal-NBC News poll released on March 2 indicate what Americans really think about fiscal issues, then much of the country is clearly in denial – i.e., refusing to acknowledge truth – about what America needs to do if it doesn’t want to go the way of many Western European nations. While the poll reveals considerable concern about government debt, it also underscores how unwilling many Americans are to reduce those welfare programs that, in the long-term, are central to the deficit-problem. -Acton

We somehow think that if we can just perfect government and perfect technology, we will live in a perfect world, with no risk, no pain, and no heartache. That if we dream of a world where there are no poor, then we can build such a world. That if we dream of a world where the government can solve all problems without causing any new ones, we can make it happen. All we need is a lot of hard work and a bunch of smart people to make it happen.

Nonsense.

The reality is that the problems in our society lie within us, not without. That when we look in the mirror, the problem in our world is staring back at us. The problem is our own selfishness, arrogance, and pride.

This reality manifests itself in the arrogant boss who lies with impunity, the arrogant politician who takes money for votes, and the arrogant “government client” who sits and waits on yet another handout. We’ve developed an attitude that we deserve this or that, and letting others do our work for us, rather than doing work, and accepting humbly whatever God throws our way.

Until we learn to stop separating ourselves from reality, we are doomed to repeat the stale old cycle of believing that some new innovation, some new “thing,” is going to make everything better, or solve our problems. The problem is that in the real world, the last vote is always the winning vote. God is no respecter of persons, so the world is no respecter of persons.

Reality votes last.

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