This generation has left values behind
In the span of my lifetime we have traveled the road of bounty and excess, taking what we please without regard for the Earth or her creatures. We have left behind the values of integrity, truth, compassion, courage, hard work and sacrifice. We once cared about what we would leave to our children. Now it's just about instant gratification and how much we can get for ourselves. Earlier generations built this country based on real products that were useful and necessary. Now our economy and well-being are dependent on how much we can spend on stuff we don't need.
How is it we don't understand that we're the problem? Our legacy seems to be leaders who cannot lead, massive environmental destruction, deposits of poison as we extract the Earth's resources, wars that cannot be won, and debts that cannot be paid. Even with our eyes open, we don't see what's coming.
What a waste
I recently received two statements from my previous insurance company showing that it paid my provider the sum of 34 cents, a balance from services provided 17 months ago. The postage for each letter was 36.6 cents.
How can an insurance company afford to pay 73.2 cents to tell me it paid a balance of 34 cents from so long ago? Can you imagine a system anywhere else in the world being so financially irresponsible?
A national health care system would be far more affordable than anything we now have.
Keep it here
It is not politically correct to say "foreigners," yet we send tens of billions of dollars per year to foreign countries.
Why don't we slash the foreign giveaway budget to zero? It makes no sense to send money to foreign countries just to have them hate us anyway.
Last week I facilitated the U.S. Institute on Women's Leadership: Women's Civic Leadership From the Heartland. I wasn't prepared for how these 18 women — their backgrounds, stories and passion for improving their countries (Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan) —would so deeply move me. Their hopes and dreams for better communities were no different from those of our Kansas participants. I wasn't just teaching them; I was helping them make progress when they returned home.
The University of Kansas hosted the institute, which was funded by the State Department's Study of the U.S. Branch of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs.
Following the women to Lawrence for their presentations Friday, I felt myself on the verge of tears as they related, tearfully, the power of their experience. And all of our differences had melted away.
Kansas Leadership Center