I was thinking of the United States of America and how it resembles, in so many ways, one large dysfunctional family. In fact, I’ll probably write an article about it since I don’t want to ramble on too long in this post.
Think about it, though: the definition of a dysfunctional family is one “where conflict, misbehaviour and abuse of varying degrees and types takes place on a continuing basis but because the children are usually born into it, they live with the conception that they are a normal family. Family dysfunction can be any circumstance that interferes with healthy family functioning. Dysfunctional family members have common symptoms and behavior patterns as a result of their common experiences within the family structure.”
Give that definition some thought and tell me if you do agree or don’t agree that the United States fits that definition.
I keep thinking of the phrase “united we stand.” When was the last time this country was really united on an issue? Probably 9/11, right? Before that I would have to say right after the end of World War 2. We certainly were not united for the Korean War, and without a doubt there was no unity during Vietnam. Any other conflict since then has had major opposition. Then we have the societal issues….race, religion, gun control, abortion….no unity there.
We snipe at each other constantly. Political parties spend so much time attacking each other that they have very little time attacking issues that this nation faces, issues that are crippling us. Instead of compromising and making headway on issues we yell and shout, an exclusionary approach that is doomed for failure. Our leaders do it, we do it, and our children will do it in the future.
I wonder when we will learn from the past? Hopefully before it is too late.