Adults must reflect on societal defects
My grandson is reading “Lord of the Flies” for school. I like to reread classics, so why not? It’ll give us something to talk about and I won’t have to think about politics.
What can be political about children stranded on an island with no adults? I enjoyed the book, but the end notes brought me back to reality way too soon.
When Golding was asked what the theme of the novel was, he replied: “It’s an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system.” From enjoyable reading back to politics again.
It’s too easy to blame others for the problems in our country, the defects of society. But maybe we should be looking at ourselves for the defects in our human nature.
As young children, we aren’t hateful, racist, mock or blame others. Adults do all of these, and more. Do we learn this on our own or from others? How do defects in society evolve? What makes us change? Can we change human nature?
Innocent children stranded on an island got along just fine.
Then they decided they needed a leader and had to choose between two leaders: one caring and one hateful. They chose hate.
They went from playing together to ostracizing, to mocking, to blaming, to torturing and ultimately killing. In other words, they had become adults.
We must care about food insecurity
Here’s a big number: 30,045.84. That’s the record high the Dow hit on Nov. 24.
Here’s a bigger number: 50 million. That’s how many Americans could experience “food insecurity” by year’s end, according to Feeding America. That’s one in six Americans and one in four children going hungry.
So, while stockholders got richer during this pandemic, the rest got poorer and hungrier. According to economist Emmanuel Saez, America’s top 10% now average more than nine times the income of the bottom 90, the top 1% 39 times, and the top 0.1% 196 times.
Eight billionaire’s net worth surged by $1 billion each, according to Oxfam International.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could pay each Amazon employee a $105,000 bonus and still be as wealthy as he was at the beginning of the pandemic.
Trump’s response: Reduce food stamps. Republican politicians don’t care. So, we have to.
You can donate to the Regional Food Bank of NENY (regionalfoodbank.net) or support local churches like First Reformed of Scotia and Trinity Presbyterian, who are providing weekend food to 110 children in the Scotia-Glenville school district and boxes of food for vacation periods.
Richard W. Lewis, Jr.
Indian names reflect historic terrorism
The Dec. 20 editorial (“Time to phase out Native American names”) misses two important points. First calling the first immigrants Native Americans devalues and offends many of us who were born in the United States.
These early immigrants maintained, gained and lost territory as a result of almost constant raiding and warfare with neighboring tribes. Members of other tribes, when captured, were tortured, eaten, or kept as slaves long before 1620.
Second, these tribes reacted with similar violence to the expansion of the Europeans. The decades of raids on homes and farms where these savages murdered, raped, kidnapped, pillaged and burned has been documented.
The “red raiders” struck with neither warning nor mercy. These violent attacks were supported by both France and Great Britain for political purposes. They were and are acts of terrorism.
The adoption of “Indian” mascots for athletic teams, I think, was intended to strike fear into their scholastic rivals. In my opinion this historic terrorism alone is reason to remove “Indian” names from the map and the language.
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