I talk a lot about American Culture, critiquing it, but vaguely. It’s a difficult task to say what American Culture is and what is wrong with it, but given the latest school shooting who can say American Culture is good or on the right path? There are signs of the problem everywhere and a list would be enormous yet I have a sense that there is a singular thread behind all the issues.
A Loving Home
A while ago, I was in my friend River’s house and it struck me that his home was filled with love, the unconditional love of a family. Similarly, I feel that way when I am at my cousin’s house with their four children. But, I don’t feel that way in all homes I am in.
I wondered, how would I sense that? Is my mind picking up in certain cues in these homes—perhaps the drawings of their children—and giving me the thought that this home feels more loving than another? Perhaps, but I was in a home recently that had family pictures and such but it felt so oppressive to me that I felt I must leave as soon as possible. Something was off.
It can’t be just in my mind. My subconscious must also be sensing things which is what gives us a “knowing” without thinking.
An Empty Home
I have come to the conclusion that love is a “thing” of sorts that can be generated and you can sense it just like you can often sense the presence of someone looking at you.
If you’ve ever been in an empty or abandoned home, a home where love might have been, you know that once un-lived in for a time, it ceases being home, turning into a bunch of random materials, smells, and shadows. It’s empty. For it to be full again, someone must fill it up.
Love as Thing
If love is a thing that can be generated and given, why is it generated more by some people than others? Firstly, it’s a choice, and people choose what they choose and some choose wrong.
Too many are choosing wrong in America.
Love is the only thing that can be generated in an unlimited supply. It never runs out.
The people in the homes with the most love are upside down people. They are extravagantly loving, kind, gracious, forgiving, and tender, even to those that don’t deserve and with no thought of repayment. In the face of their fear, they are those that are slaying their dragons, and choosing greatness even if it means being a baker.
America as an Empty Home
America is building empty homes. We are choosing money and materialism over people. When we put all of our elderly in nursing homes to die, because it’s more convenient, we are building empty homes. When we throw people away in prisons, we are building empty homes. When we fail to teach children anything of value that they’ll actually remember, we are building empty homes. When we fail to love our neighbor as ourselves, we are building empty homes. When we refuse to listen another point of view, we are building empty homes. When our CEO’s decide to put profits over people and fail to pay a living wage because they don’t have the courage to actually lead, we are building empty homes. When we don’t care about the human flourishing and security of all our fellow Americans, we are building empty homes.
When we promote what has essentially become a porn culture in America, we are building empty homes. By porn, I don’t mean naked people, I mean glorification of lust that promises everything but leaves everyone empty.
America is our home, and as a country, we can either fill it up or leave it empty.
Instead of being upside down people, Americans have given ourselves over to the lust for money, power, and sex above all else.
You may say it’s the minority causing this problem, but I assure you the majority are at the minimum tacitly complicit. We then wonder why everything is empty and why people are empty, filling themselves with depression and anxiety meds, and pointless activities that waste lives.
America, what’s the point of building big beautiful empty McMansions?
All human souls desire loving homes, but battle, like Jeckyll and Hyde, the other part of us that desires, for whatever reason, all the things that create empty homes. We must resist and overcome. There is a soul, a miracle, that also resides just beyond the veil itself, in the middle of our material world and the spiritual one that knows that God is love, and He desires a loving home, not an empty one.
When you allow emptiness of the soul, the mind goes haywire. The thoughts of the mind are agnostic. It is a logic machine that will take you on a wild ride. Everyone who ever did something terrible, like shoot children at school, thought it was logical and took logical steps to do it—but their house was empty and their logic was rooted in anger, hate, and vengeance.
It takes a lot of work to build a house—again, what’s the point of building an empty one?
Yes, laws may need to change, but things will really start changing when America stops building empty homes, simply because it’s good for business and the economy. Who cares of the GDP grows 2% vs 3%, or if you get a BMW 5 series instead of a 3, if it means sacrificing our fellow Americans? When culture changes, politics will change, and the solutions will present themselves, solutions that are uniquely American.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” — 1 Timothy 6:10