I generally have something to read on my nightstand.  If we never endeavor to read anything, which seems to be a growing trend anymore, how can we expect to enlighten or educate ourselves and stimulate that which resides in our craniums?

Someone sent me a fascinating tidbit called “The Chapters of Life” the other day that I’ll share.

“Chapter 1

I walk down the street.

There’s a hole in the sidewalk.

It’s a very deep hole.

I fall in … I’m helpless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down that same street.

There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I didn’t see it.

I fall in … Again.

I can’t believe I’m in the same place, but it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down that same street.

There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it.

I still fall in … It’s a habit, but my eyes are open.

I know where I am.

I know it’s my fault.

I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down that same street.

There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

What a marvelous progression from:

A helpless victim …

To a victim of self …

To taking responsibility …

To self-discipline …

To making better choices!”

(Author unknown)

The President of the United States has continually preached the notion that a horde of American citizens, and others in foreign lands, have been victimized during his term(s) in office.  He and his affiliates have a different philosophy about America than most.  When voters believe they’re helpless, a victim of circumstance, as illustrated in Chapter 1 of that anecdote, they find no fault in themselves and blame others for their stay in life and often seek the redemptive cash government has to offer – many believe it’s a small price to pay for sacrificing your dignity.

America has had a taste of socialism under the dictate of the Obama administration and will so for eight years.  I, for one, don’t care for the cuisine.

America was founded on the premise that you can be anything you want to be which correlates with the principles of capitalism, the counterintuitive opposite of socialism.

Steve Greene, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, writes in his book Faith in America: “At the elementary level, The New England Primer, first printed in 1690, was the first textbook printed in America.  It became the most common text for teaching young students how to read for the next 200 years.  Three significant sections of the Primer included: 1) The Rhyming Alphabet, 2) The Alphabet of Lessons for Youth, and 3) The Shorter Catechism.  All three sections relied on the teachings of the Bible.

The Rhyming Alphabet began this way:

A – In Adam’s Fall, we sinned all.

B – Heaven to find, the Bible to mind.

C – Christ crucified, for sinners died.

At the high school level, until 1974, textbooks were used in major cities across the country like St. Louis, Cincinnati, Dallas and Indianapolis titled Bible Study Course and The Old and New Testament.

Teaching from the Bible didn’t end at high school graduation.  In one study, from 1860, found that 262 of 288 college Presidents were ministers of the gospel and over 1/3 of the faculty at state universities were ministers.

So … have we advanced as a society in America, or regressed?

With the dictate of Obama Care, the government plans to systematically control 1/6 of America’s economy.  With the edict of Common Core, the Feds plan to hijack the educational system.  And now … the Obama administration plans to implement authoritarian control over the Internet by cramming “Net Neutrality” down our collective throats.

Although I’ve never been to China, former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, writes in his book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy that he has.  He writes: “I was constantly frustrated by the Chinese government’s censorship of the Internet, blocking Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and numerous websites that I usually took for granted as resources for news and opinion.”

I need not digress – How does socialism taste?

“Chapter 5 – I walk down another street.”

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.

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