America, Pokemon, and Zombies!!

July 14, 2016


     “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country” (Franklin D. Roosevelt).


     I must acknowledge that I was first very irritated about this Pokemon Go and what it embodied. Now, I am simply saddened by it all, as our once great country is slowly falling apart from within.  Observing the Pokemon Go phenomenon, I couldn’t help but do a simple social experiment. I asked a few of my own acquaintances who played this game to name the top five most popular Pokemon, and of course, they could recite them effortlessly. I then asked them to name the last five US Presidents in office. In most cases, most people could tell me Obama and sometimes Bush, but subsequently I would get blank stares. This little social experiment was a real indicator on why our country is in the state we are in.


     Our country has lost its identity, of which former generations fought so hard for.  We no longer value the same principles that once made this the greatest country on Earth. The principles of hard work, dedication, service to country, and actually caring what our future looks like has been diminished by digital distractions which have no bearing on reality.  Instead, we have become a country of absolute consumerism, where the accumulation of things and status is more important than people and country. Who needs a horde of undead to bring on the zombie apocalypse when we have apps like Pokemon Go that does that already.  Instead of looking to the stars and dreaming of possibilities, we turn our heads down and disconnect ourselves from the real world - walking with glazed over eyes.  When catching Pokemon becomes more important than understanding our social and political issues, then our country stands in absolute peril.  Instead of investing time and effort into our communities through volunteerism, or solving problems, I see countless Facebook posts on how a person is investing that same time and effort in collecting and catching these Pokemon.  


     I once read that the real problem of our country is that ‘we should LOVE PEOPLE and USE THINGS, but instead we LOVE THINGS, and USE PEOPLE’. There is plenty of truth behind this aphorism. As a society, we have reaped the fruits of our forefather’s successes and sacrifices. In doing so, we have become complacent, compliant, and downright entitled. With any tragedy such as the Dallas or Minnesota Shootings, politicians are quick to blame in the pursuit of political agendas; when the real issues are inherently value-based. We no longer indoctrinate new citizens. We no longer instill patriotism. We no longer reward achievement. Instead, we promote entitlement, develop electronic distractions, and further create social polarization.


     If we are to correct our course, the people of this country needs to pull their heads out of their proverbial asses; in this case, out of their phones – and just look up into the real world.  We need people who will want to change our country for the better, not out of personal or political agenda, but truly to bring back our principle values of selfless service, hard work, and value of country.  America was not built on fear – it was built on courage, imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand! I sincerely hope that we take a real hard look at ourselves and what is really important; and not get distracted by insignificant things. If we are to survive and prevent future tragedies, then we must go back to the basics. It will not be an easy road but one that must be traveled, less we forfeit everything this country stands for.  We can choose our future! We can choose our destiny! And we can choose to remain great - Or we can simply sit back keep our heads buried and let it all fall apart! The choice is yours....


“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves” (Abraham Lincoln).


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