Travis Wright Essay

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Travis Wright
Community
Looking back forty to fifty years ago you can see how our county was defined as a community, or in other words, “United We Stand”. Community portion was identified highly by the way homes were built. Americans used to have very large front porches and would be very inviting to their neighbors. People would gather for hours playing music, telling stories, and in some cases just staring out at the world around them. It seems that things have drastically changed over the past ten to twenty years. People now have small front porches and tend to gather on their back porch, surrounded by their privacy fences and shy away from any interaction with their neighbors. American’s have formed an identity of being individualistic. This identity is a negative thing for America and Americans need to return to their identity of being united. E.J. Dionne JR. writes in his book, Our Divided Political Heart, “Tocqueville worried that American individualism, un-tempered, might lead to the isolation of Americans from each other and thereby undetermined he very freedom they celebrated” (pg. 70). In today’s society, this statement seems to hold true. As Americans, we tend to shy away from the “strangers” around us and it is due to the amount of individualism we hold as Americans. I fear that our society is being viewed by the rest of the world as being detached from one another. If we are being viewed as being separated, is it possible for the rest of the world to view us as a major power? As Americans, we tend to be struggling to overcome our poor economic situation. Our country seems to be divided by so many different things, such as religion, income status, and politics. As individuals we are standing around and pointing fingers at each other instead of uniting and looking for solutions to our problems. The bible states in Galatians 6:2 that we are to “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. Dionne quotes, “We must delight in each other, make other’s conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body” (pg. 77). Overcoming our economic meltdown would be much easier if we could…