Most of us fit this category.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could be, in Capraesque fashion, an average man, simple and honest, wanting to do the right thing, under any circumstance? A little honesty, a little larceny, a little of everything which makes our life a little less boring, and a lot more real. We can be, should be, an average man who, whether he stands of falls, is all of us, each to the other:
- He’s a million and one thing
- He’s the world’s greatest Stooge
- He’s the worlds greatest Strength
- He drives the Buses
- He hits the Canvass, but always bounces back
- He’s a Free man, and encourages others to be the same
- The sum-total of all the John Doe’s is what the Nation is based on
- He recognizes that the Team is himself, a million-fold
- He sees a fellow ‘joe’ without a Job, and then He finds him one
- He does not see Strangers, only another Joe who, like him, only waits to be known
- He tears down Fences, for He wishes to have an unobstructed view of his Neighbors
- He believes that the meek shall inherit the Earth, but only when all the John Doe’s make it a better place
With all the serious discussion about everything under the sun, maybe a more simple, and commonsense approach to ourselves and others, would go a long way to mobilizing the rest that we need to accomplish. Romanic? Perhaps. Idealistic, absolutely, but something that each one of us are capable of doing, and to do this as often as possible.
How many of us actually know our neighbors any more? How many of us take a kindly, yet serious approach to our older citizens, our Grandmothers and Grandfathers? How many of us actually encourage, or allow, our aging Parents to live with us, rather than foist them off to a ‘home’? Too many, I’m sure.
I don’t put much faith in ‘institutions’, and many times I fail to see the goodness in those close to me for one reason or another; but this is our obligation, and our duty, to see each other as if we coild not do without the other – this is Folk-community in its best, and most important role – that we respect the sovereignty of each other, yet never failing to be that strong arm, that broad shoulder, for someone in need to rest upon.
It’s been nice talking to you –