I know who I am. I am comfortable in my own skin.
My dad was from Washington State. His ancestors migrated across the northern part of the country. They were Swedish immigrants. One of them was a rancher in the Dakotas. Another fought for the Union in a unit from Michigan.
My mom was from the local area. Her ancestors originally immigrated from Ireland. They were farmers, many still are. One of them left with the Ga militia to defend Ft McAllister from Sherman's troops. He did not return home. His slave took the family name and stayed with the widow until he died.
I learned tolerance very early in life. I believe I am still a very tolerant person. I also learned the value of understanding a concept and applying that knowledge in other areas. I am fairly well read, and I can differentiate between a fact and an opinion. I can give an informed opinion on nearly anything, and if I can't I am not afraid to say, "I don't know." I deserve credit when I am right, and I am not afraid to admit I am wrong
However, today's debates are often in the language of sarcasm and ridicule - a product of the '60's, in my opinion. Prior to that period, people seemed to be able to have civil conversations and disagreements. Since that period, we just seem to have civil disobediance and un-civil disrespect. Disrespect breeds anger and more disrespect.
In my opinion, it has degenerated to the point that today's young people get their thoughts and opinions from entertainers and personalities such as Colbert and Tosh.0. Not news... sarcastic opinion and ridicule. No one seems to be educated anymore... just indoctrinated. My generation is not much better. I believe the last decent generation of Americans were the Depression Era/WWII folks.
This is no secret to me. I have expressed my thoughts. Done here.
Great Blog! Of course would I expect anything less coming from you? No.
My dad recently finished his 5-year mission to trace the family roots. It resulted in a very thick book of research plus various written and typed artifacts. It lead in directions he expected, plus a few he did not expect.
As the last part of his research, he delved into paying for the $200 DNA test offered on a well known ancestry web site. It was then our family history really began to blossom. If you haven't done so, you may want to consider doing the DNA test.
But it's like you said - some of the greatest things about us cannot be passed down. They must be learned and nurtured.
Thanks Walkie! You are too kind! :-)
If that DNA test involves blood work you probably won't find me anywhere near it! LOL! I only do that when absolutely necessary. :-)
Charlie, quite honestly, I think parents do not teach these qualities much anymore. In fact, I don't think parents "parent" much anymore and it's a sad shame because we do our children a great dis-service when we drop the ball.
The sarcasm and ridicule won't stop until many people begin to take a respectful stand toward it and it becomes "uncool" to respond that way.
It is - afterall - disrespectful.
The DNA test is so painless you won't realized it happened. It's done by putting a cotton swab in your mouth and stealing some saliva.
The ancestry web site was able to start matching people up based on the results. My dad was able to locate some relatives by the results.