Letter to the Editor

Spreading a bit of love

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A fellow famous for his work with peanuts (no, not former President Jimmy Carter) had this to say about the aging process: "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong because someday in life you will be all of these." I'd say George Washington Carver nailed it.

In today's world we have elementary school kids making millions of dollars on the internet, and taking their own lives when bullied (I wonder how many adults scolded them for thinking they could be so bold, or minimized their feelings of alienation?). We also have elderly parents resisting the thought of nursing home care because they don't want to give up their independence (despite having a plethora of disabling conditions). We have millions of citizens barely making it financially, alongside folks collecting Social Security checks while also being independently wealthy many times over.

In the long and short of it, life isn't fair. It is what it is. Does that mean we should promote the "Robin Hood Solution, you know, take from the rich and give it to the poor? How much money is sufficient? How little is unconscionable? Should we stifle incentives, and just lump everyone in a big pot and give each, say, a $75,000 annual stipend? That surely would be an adequate sum of money to live on or would it?

We humans are a funny lot. We're seldom satisfied, often misunderstood. This Christmas season, try spreading a bit of love anywhere you happen to be. It doesn't take much, and it sure goes a long way.

Bill Kersting, Spencer