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You Could Start By Caring

Why the title of this post? I thought it fitting. It seems so many of us now just end up saying (after all is said and done) that “I don’t care”. After all, we just want to talk about our lives and want everyone to know what is going on in our lives. The little guy doesn’t matter anymore and so many of us seem now to be obsessed with glamour, fame and the limelight.

We put our families and loved ones on showcase on Facebook and just want to collect as many likes and comments as possible. Our retorts and quips are superficial and there is no real connection at all. It’s safer. We hold as many people as possible at arm’s length and aren’t really that concerned as to what is going on in their lives.

So I say that “We or you could start by caring”. You could actually care that I am not happy and ultimately disappointed with my life and how it has evolved. You could care that my nuclear family is broken and we don’t get the happily ever after.

But I’m just complaining now. I should have had a better plan. I should have made the right connections and discovered the right relationships. It would have resulted in a lucrative and illustrious career that provided for my family and put me up on a pedestal in the eyes of society. We would have had it all.

This ultimate personal failing or failure is probably why I sometimes say in my head that “I don’t care!” I don’t care about anything and I just want what I’m entitled to. But I should care and I could start by caring because other people’s lives are important. What they are doing on a daily basis is worthwhile. It means something.

I try to care but sometimes my mind shifts so much the other way and I just want to give in.

You or I could start by caring.

It’d be great to hear from you,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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