Thursday, October 1, 2009

Getting into our new life.

As we had traveled across the Erie Canal, and thru the locks, sometimes you could see where the original canal is running next to the present one. Settings where huge homes overlook the canal can’t help but fill your mind with thoughts of history. Down the Hudson one senses the history of what once was. Majestic homes, towns, and areas on both sides overlooking the river all scream with the past, maybe I’m a little bite envious of a time gone by. I like to think of those times and envision what it was that drove these people of that time to create what they did. I put myself into that time and think about the opportunities that there were to furnish, prosper and profit. Then it hit me. PROFIT! Those evil people wanting to profit, prosper, and advance themselves, THAT was the driving force of what created the greatest nation in modern history. It is the one of the major differences between then and now. Those people lived and worked their whole lives to build as much wealth as they could during their lives, Build, Build, and Build. Build so they could pass it onto their children, and there was no one in their way. There was no retirement to look forward to, you worked to survive. You had your family and they all worked together. The harder you worked the more wealth that your family could acquirer and create, the better off your next generation would be and the further they could go in life, and the easier it would have been on the older generation. I see some of these Castles that where built from the PROFIT of their hard work and envision the commitment, sacrifice, and (this is going to be the hard part for most people to believe in) the people that they brought along with them. I believe they created more good people, more wealth, and took care of more people than is truly given credit to. More people had been taken care of by those means, yes the profit side of it, than the Government could have ever done. Basically, profit and their believe in God, returning what they could drove people to take care of people like we don’t do today, don’t you think.

Today it seems we only worry about too much profit. If somebody makes too much money then somebody else must be poorer. WRONG. We also aren’t as worried about our, children or parents. We only need to enjoy life to the fullest. “If you can’t be, with the one you love; Love the one you’re with”. Our Government will take care of you. And if enough care isn’t being handed out, vote for me and I’ll give you what you need and more, I’ll take it from the guy next door who works his fingers to a bone, He has more than he needs, and you need more than you have.

These are just my rambling thoughts, I could be wrong, but ,.............

4 comments:

Tim said...

Great post. I'm sure you'll see more illustrations of wealth as you make your way down the coast. Who built these places? How many were employed? Imagine how many jobs would be available today if people were willing to invest in their future with new homes and businesses.

Jon and Arline Libby said...

I knew you'd be the 1st to understand my rant, Thanks

Anonymous said...

A very well spoken/written rant!! I agree. ph

ctkapoo said...

Did you sing "I got a mule her name is Sal,Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal"? Wow that is deep you must have a lot of time to think now.