By Rebecca Witherspoon
Changing your perspective by stepping from one side to the other or getting higher or lower can often result in a clearer picture of what you’re looking at, and sometimes even make an otherwise boring photograph come alive and become a composition that transcends time and place. The same is true when it comes to looking at the many issues that face America.
I very much appreciated a video I recently viewed by someone who has been living abroad for the past almost 15 years and was describing how their perspective of America has changed both positively and negatively. While I have never lived abroad, I have traveled and continue to travel extensively and I hold many of the same views on the specific topics this person covered … except for gun ownership, for which I am a strong proponent of our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The current political climate in the US is very disturbing. I do see signs of significant pushback finally occurring against the very radical ideologies on both sides of the aisle, and that is a very good thing. I also see more and more folks awaking from the slumber of bygone days and beginning to realize the potential benefits of overhauling our healthcare, food, education and transportation industries. The logistics of how to incorporate effective and truly sustainable change is the real hurdle that we as a nation must figure out if we are to survive and thrive; we have to figure out how to not throw out the baby with the bath water as we make needed changes. Our nation is physically huge and extremely diverse geographically, culturally, and socio-economically which creates significant difficulty figuring out how to fix our existing problems without destroying our economy and way of life along the way.
Getting involved at the local, county, state and federal levels in finding solutions is extremely important, and something I am doing, and I continue to look for ways to be even more effective on a larger scale. Standing on the sidelines complaining and hoping our government will magically figure things out is no longer an option.