While driving through the Florida Panhandle I flipped on the radio and
heard a song that has stayed with me ever since.
I die, I hope there is a hole in the floor of heaven so I can look down at you.”*
if that were true? What if those who have
died can look down at Earth and see what’s going on?
Suppose the lookers were not America but
from a small country in Africa.
They have never heard of Americans but they are fascinated at what they see.
“Look at that, there
is a huge crowd around the big
building with a dome. They are waving signs saying NO MORE WAR. “
there is another group across
the street with signs saying
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. They aren’t shooting
or stabbing each other. We solved our problems by stabbing our
enemies with swords.”
“And look over there. It looks like a line of beggars. At the head of the line there are people handing out food
and clean clothes.
We never gave out free food. Our poor people died of starvation.”
are all those bug-like things in long columns
tails? There are people in them. Some of the people are
reading and some are holding a black brick up to their ear. They
waiting in line but the ‘bugs’ are pretty and most of them
look new. They must be expensive. They don’t look like the donkeys
“That’s a really big city down there. We had only one big village and it was shrouded in smoke most of the time from
cooking fires. This city has clean air and that river looks like it is full of fish. We don’t have rivers.”
think I would
live in a land like this. Compared to where I lived there is mostly
civility and harmony. People seem to settle their differences
peacefully and take care of their people. What a wonderful place.”
Sometimes we forget to see what others see. We hear the TV
and read the newspapers tell about the killings and robberies and graft. While these things are bad and need fixing,America is
still a great place.
argue over politics and sports but can shake hands and be friends.
Almost everyone can afford a car
buy food for their families. Sure, we have tough times with a lot of
people out of work but basically our economic system is
and will bring us back to better times.
So, when we hear how awful our country is and how misguided our leaders are, remember
we are still the best in the world and the place where most people would like to live.
* My other favorite Country song is
met my honey in the Port-A-Potty line”.