What If We Really Cared ?

What if we took to heart the Great Commandments and truly cared for other people, especially the widows, the orphans, the sick, and the prisoners? What would that look like?

What if for-profit insurance had never been allowed for health care? Would we have spread the risks and costs in a more humane and rational way? 

What if providing food and shelter and a truly excellent education for every family were the first priority of every state, rather than a burden each seems to be in a rush to privatize and turn into another profit center for their campaign contributors ?

When everyone is fed, has a good home, and is properly educated, would we have crime or rampant corruption ?

If education and government policies were driven by science and history and what has been shown to help the maximum possible people with the best long-term effects (rather than magical thinking and Bronze age tribal stories and economic myths that insure we will always have poor people), would the real problems we face seem so unsolvable?

Is it possible that faith in things that can’t be proven should be a private matter, and making them the basis of public education and public policy just makes us unable to even imagine how to fix what is broken ?

What if we really cared more about living children and youngsters and mothers and women and men who need our help ?

Can you truly claim to be “pro-life” if you only care about the “unborn” ? What about the orphans, the widows, the poor, the homeless, the refugees, the immigrants living among us, and current or former prisoners? Are they not life, as well?

What if we cared more about people and the communities in which we and they live than we did about profit or getting ahead?

What if we really cared?


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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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3 Responses to What If We Really Cared ?

  1. Lynda Poysor says:

    Hi, For some reason I am no longer seeing your posts on a regular basis. Had to log in to WordPress to catch you here. I still feel the same way about changes but the step is here in my and you so let’s begin. Love hearing from you and you may hear from me more than you like in the near future because I am starting a website and youtube video series as the first step to my own entrepreneur business. This you can wish me luck and actually participate…the more the merrier. God Bless you.

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  2. Lynda Poysor says:

    I suppose it is ok to dream about Utopia but I think you might find it in Switzerland or Sweden. I don’t believe it will magically wash over America and change the tide which is quickly coming. I empathize with you but I live my life in a practical manner of survival and can only find room for such dreams in my bed at night. Sorry to sound so dismissive. Maybe I am too tired and broke from fighting the battle for existence to actually make these kinds of changes. In my exuberant youth, I spent time, energy and money trying to attain some peace (which would be like your dream) in my life only to find myself ostracized, criticized, and disavowed. Nowadays I feel as if I were an ostrich with my head in the sand in order to avoid the reality with which I cannot change. I send my apologies for this attitude but it’s my honest gut reaction. Wishing you well…

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    • Tim Gatewood says:

      Lynda, you know, if you read my post, you may notice that I didn’t advocate a thing. The entire piece is a series of questions. I left it to the readers to answer as they feel moved.

      I certainly understand survival mode. May you be blessed with abundance soon so that you have the resources to support your dreams.

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