I have deep thoughts and those thoughts cause me to ask many questions.
In my blogs over the last several months, I have primarily discussed foster care, so it may shock some do discover that my thoughts and questions are not only about foster care. I have many thoughts about many different topics and quite honestly, I’m sometimes fearful to write about those things that are more controversial.
Since my blog was meant to chronicle the World of Weeks, if I don’t write about all my many question or deep thoughts, than I’m not really providing an accurate chronicle of life in the World of Weeks. After all, our life is not just about foster care, adoption and homeschooling. It is so much more, so let me share something I’ve been pondering.
Recently, I’ve been thinking of all the people from different countries who fled because they weren’t safe in their country.
They fled for their freedom. They fled for opportunity. They fled for their lives.
How many who didn’t flee, stayed because they didn’t think things were all that bad?
How many who didn’t flee, stayed because they thought they could fight back?
How many who didn’t flee, stayed because they thought things would improve?
How many who didn’t flee, stayed out of fear of fleeing?
All of my childhood and most of my adulthood, I’ve not been able to even imagine the thoughts going thru these people’s minds. I’ve never had to live my life with any real concerns for my safety of the safety of my family because of my government.
Sadly, for the first time in my life, I feel concern. I feel fear.
I question how safe it is to live in the U.S. today.
I now have a small glimpse into the life of the millions before me who found themselves in a situation they didn’t dream possible.
I feel a sadness, like I’ve never felt before, for all those before me who have found themselves living in fear and struggling to find a way out.
Does this mean we should all flee the U.S. for a safer place?
Not necessarily. After all, our government has been set up to provide checks and balances in an effort to prevent any one person from being in complete power, right?!
Still, I never imagined that I would see a U.S. president that is so clearly pouring fuel on so many fires and that by doing so, puts American citizens at risk.
I never imagined that I would see a U.S. president that is so clearly racist.
I never imagined that I would see a U.S. president so unqualified for the job.
I never imagined that I would see a U.S. president who is so similar to Hitler in what he says and tries to do.
I never imagined that I would see a U.S. president that would cause this great country to slide so quickly backwards.
So I find myself asking . . .
How many before me found themselves in similar circumstances and at what point they decided it was time to flee?
How many before me found themselves feeling that things would get better?
How many before me waited until it was too late to do anything?
How many before me had friends and family who thought they were crazy for even suggesting it was time to flee, let alone actually following thru?
Are we safer simply because it’s the U.S.? Are we safer because of our government? Are we safer because of history?
I know there are many who are in complete support of our current leadership and completely disagree with my assessment of our current president.
I know there are many who trust our elected officials to keep us safe.
I know there are many who think that even suggesting we should be concerned is crazy.
So I am not in agreement with everyone as they are not in agreement with me. That doesn’t dismiss the fact that I just can’t shake this feeling that we are not really all that different from the many before us who found themselves in similar circumstances, with similar questions, who decided to stay and then regretted it.
I don’t know the answers to all the questions floating thru my brain these days, but I will continue to ponder the questions and pay attention while hoping that things get better.