Hearing takes time. The time to listen and weigh. Judgment is made according to how one assesses the "need". And needs are various and many.
What should be the ultimate concern and value of America? Some think that America should boil down their distinctiveness to "commonality". I think not.
Our distinction is what has made us 'great'. America's distinction is our freedom of conscience. And freedom of conscience has nothing to do with "common concern".
"Common concern" has to do with forming what is to be addressed. But, before anyone can address "common concern", there must be an awareness of what all the "concerns" are.
It seems to me that the political climate has not allowed "free exchange" of "concerns". Our leaders have not heard our voices, as we and they have assumed that our "concern" has no value.
I am heartened that many have made their voices known in the town hall meetings over the issue of healthcare. The anger is evidence that people are "concerned" and are aware of how their leaders are not hearing them.
Americans are concerned for their way of life and their country's very existence, as a distinct nation. But, leaders are only concerned for making sure that their "position" is protected by the "images" they "present".
Where is the Real leader, who takes to heart his contituency? Public servants are to serve the "public interest", at the public's bequest.
Our nation is facing the biggest challenge to remain solvant. We should not be talking about healthcare, when we cannot take care of our own. "Concern" for our own existence must be our focus, otherwise, we will not have any means to continue to further our democratic ideals abroad. And that would be the height of tragedy.
Arvo Pärt at St. Vladimir’s Seminary
3 hours ago