Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Endangered Species List
Really, I'm talking about the species of human characteristics. It's an inappropriate usage of the term "species", I know. I'm also not talking about the film "Species", or its subsequent sequels. Yep, I said "sequels". It seems that the concept of this film was so good, that there just had to be two sequels.
I don't recommend the film, or its subsequent spawn in any way. No artistic merit. No great acting. But, shockingly, it stars Ben Kingsley. Ben did bail for "Species II" and "Species III", although I'm sure when number VII comes around, he'll be all like, ready for it and stuff.
Really, what I'm talking about here is the death of integrity. It's no great shock that some of our political leaders have none. It's been a week of reviewing what we think we already know about politicians: that they are in it for themselves. Not "public service", as they themselves term it, but self-service. I don't think they are all living their lives in office in this manner, but the recent charges against (and taped recordings of) Illinois' governor reiterate our concerns, to be sure.
Really, though, it saddens me that integrity is falling by the wayside, like it was a fashion trend that's now gauche. And, let me say that I really am genuinely sad. I can't figure out why it's becoming increasingly acceptable to cheat and lie as a part of our discourse and lifestyle. It doesn't have to be like this. Being nice, treating people right, having respect and healthy pride in what you do and how you live all seem to be going the way the Panda. They're still around (albeit in short supply), but they're not interested in having any baby pandas, and that pesky prowling lion (you know, the guy with the horns), is looking to devour the ones that make it.
God would say that there's nothing new under the sun, and He'd be right, because He's God. But, for us, for our generation, we've got to kick it up a notch with integrity. We've settled for corruption and apathy, when we should have settled for nothing less than our idealism. No, perfection can't be obtained on earth, but when did we stop even trying?