A World Of Challenges
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A World Of Challenges
Stephen A. Peterson
While going across the United States to sign books, I have the pleasure of talking with a variety of men and women young and older about the book as well as what sort of world they would like to live in.
Some of their comments were astonishing but not surprising. What some desire is a utopia managed by an educated elite whom they believe would be more competent social managers. This thinking has been advanced by some educators from elementary through post graduate education for fifty or sixty years. Allowing intellectuals to completely manage society, they believe, will result in crime reduction, socio-economic equality and a society without cares or concerns wherein everyone is happy beyond all measure in peace, happiness and harmony.
As for me, I like this world we have. I am elated I live in this century—so rich in strivings and plans even though naysayers have certain economic, media and social advantages. I believe I am part of a wonderful and exciting experiment that is not dead or dying but will live on well after I am dead and buried. This spirit of humanity to be free will be expressed in spite of the few who believe they have answers for every circumstance or situation.
I like the suspense which gives to life its only true zest. Let me have this world, with dreams for me and others to dream and for me and others to solve by myself or with others. Among us will always be those who firmly believe the few are the only ones capable and would give us a perfect world. They generally open with “all you have to do…and we will give you..” Look about you and you will be able to witness intellectual perfection at work—Detroit, California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and others. Their mantra is to deny. Deny the existence of God. Deny the hereafter. Deny natural law. Deny individual conscientiousness and significance. The hereafter is now—get all the gusto you can!
I believe this world we have deserves a vote of group confidence and participation. With its dirt and cleanness, its ups and downs and total unexpectedness, it have given, through variety, more pleasure than pain. Whatever else it may be, this twenty-first century already thirteen years in is still the broadest, the most exciting, and promising.
May this world always be as challenging as it is. May it always have something to be solve, patched or mended with everyone in participation, if they wish. But above all, may this world never, ever be a soft place for soft people offering quick, easy answers to complex problems. For I desire a world where a woman/man can, by facing her/his troubles, substantiate purpose and meaning in their short lives no matter how long or short it may be. With a world of such challenge and scope, our lives will never be a bore nor complacent, but they will most certainly be worth living—freely.
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