October Thoughts As the Foliage In New England Turns To Looking Like America…

I’ve blogged as a conservative, a libertarian, an independent, and most recently as a liberal. Some might say that is because I have no center, no core values. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact I have very strong core beliefs, they have been with me since as far back as I can remember, and, that is a very long time.

Honesty, integrity, hard work, accepting personal responsibility for oneself, being accountable for your decisions and actions, being productive and making a difference, standing up for truth whether it comes from the right, the center, or the left, being willing to live and let live, learning from others at every opportunity, understanding that emotional intelligence can sometimes be more important than your IQ, understanding that a person’s perceptions are their reality whether right or not, being considerate of others, and, to quote Steven Covey, Seek first to understand and then to be understood are all part of my core values. The fact is, most people share these values.

Our political environment has become so polarized and fiercely partisan with the winner take all attitude that as a people we have forgotten that working together, solving mutual problems, and building bridges is the only path to achieving long-term lasting success and social harmony. Our nation is made up of people and cultures from across the globe with ideas and perceptions as varied as the colors of falling leaves in Autumn in New England.

Finding a way to blend the varied ideas and perceptions of our people is our task, and, it should be our goal.  Each and every one of us, including and especially the President of the United States, is responsible for making this happen. Unfortunately the forces working to divide us have achieved the upper hand. “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” , these words taken from the Gospel of Gospel of St. Mark are as true today as they were when they were written. They are words every American, regardless of color, ethnicity, or national origin ought to think about in earnest, and, do so daily.  Especially our elected leaders.

Responsibility rests with all sides to right our ship. Isn’t it time we get busy doing so?

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Les Carpenter

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist working with those over 50 years of age. Currently work at Prime Fitness located in The Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. Semi retired and enjoying life in the semi fast lane with my lovely bride and super grandchildren!

3 thoughts on “October Thoughts As the Foliage In New England Turns To Looking Like America…”

  1. You touch on a definite state of affairs. A state exacerbated by modern communications technology like the ‘net’, 24 hour news, little critical thinking and for many opinion = fact. Heaven knows I have my own biases, like
    equating RW conservatives, evangelicals and NRA as far more concerned with their own rights than those of others, while progressives strike me
    as more empathetic if not sometimes altruistic. IMO, early on in the blogosphere, there was incipient meaningful dialog between average people about important divisive topics; which quickly devolved into sock puppets,
    bloggers forming cliques of like-minded readers- and ultimately skilled
    Russians mimicking corrosive issues. I guess that is the mass of us average
    folks- we clearly see a problem, but cannot see a solution. Hence leadership
    as you rightly note, (politics, religion, business, etc) could and should address the issue. But it has come to the point that the ‘followers’ cannot
    be led.. their leader leads the ‘base’…all others are misinformed at
    best and the enemy at worst. So I reluctantly agree with the divided house
    idiom. We recall the Gandhi comment “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Tis where we are and everyone wants to win. If I learned anything in my three quarters of a century, it is
    that people will coalesce and join together when there is a common enemy:
    WWI and II-(even Karl Rove knew that, hence Iraq). I agree that we need to
    grow up as adults with common needs and wishes and recall the similar
    vicious American against American milieu that festered for dozens of years before ending at Appomattox…sometimes it takes more than a Lincoln.


  2. Indeed we all have our biases as they are the product of our environment, experiences, and fears. Often deep introspection results in the realization that our biased view is inaccurate and foolish. At least I’ve found this to be true for me.

    Our nation is going through a difficult period, one which as you noted May equal the 1850’s. The possibility does exit that it could develop into something much worse.

    It is true Americans see a problem, and for the most part have only figured out how to make it worse. Sad if you ask me.

    Respect, understanding, empathy, decency, and the desire to do the right thing often seems missing. Maybe it’s just me but I really don’t see the way back from the path America has chosen. All anyone can do is to live a decent and honest life and the chips will fall where they may.

    Oh yeah, and ditch the apathy and vote your conscience for those who have chosen not to register and vote in the past.

    An afterthought, it is too damn bad our elected officials and politicians won’t tell the people who elect them the truth.


  3. as a people we have forgotten that working together, solving mutual problems, and building bridges is the only path to achieving long-term lasting success and social harmony…..Finding a way to blend the varied ideas and perceptions of our people is our task, and, it should be our goal.

    In all honesty I don’t see how this is applicable to our current situation. How can I build bridges with people who are unalterably convinced that I am an abomination who deserves to be reduced to a second-class citizen, outlawed, or even killed, because my beliefs and sexual history are not identical to theirs? Why should I be obligated to try? Why should a woman be expected to show such openness to compromise with people who want to make her into breeding stock with no say over what happens in her own uterus? What good can come of trying to blend live-and-let-live pluralism with a totalitarian mindset seeking to straitjacket our entire society into primitive taboos and dogmas inherited from ancient barbarians?

    There are enemies with whom not only is it impossible to reach a middle ground, it’s immoral to try. The only thing we can do, the only worthy goal, is to defeat them.


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