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?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At least not all of us have stopped trying. :)

But, we all fall short of the glory of God. Yesterday at work, I was taking an inventory of myself by reading the commandments of Jesus. I've come a long way from where I was before I was born again, but still a long way to go. And I imagine it will always be a struggle. I praise Jesus every day for paying for my sins and I can't wait until I can be with him.

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor seal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also...No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (material wealth and greed)".