Tuesday, April 10, 2012

the Idealist

Idealism is the province of the young.  Usually, young people are the ones who believe we can stop war, feed all the hungry, house the homeless, share and love.  The world needs idealism.

After a few (or more) years, cynicism creeps in. "Seen that, been there, done that," "and look where we are today"-- "nothing works."

Two opposite points of view.  There's validity on both sides.  For those who are fed, housed, kept from war or slavery, given a chance to follow their dreams, to these individuals, the works of mercy  have been so important, on a real-life, nitty-gritty experiential level.  For those who have been saved, once or more than once, I rejoice.  For those who have not been touched by the care/ idealism of others, I ache.
For those who live in the frame of mind where nothing helps, nothing matters, real change is impossible, I'm sorry.  The world is getting worse, but there are bright spots, everyday heroes, everyday kindnesses.

"Love your neighbor," says God.  Even more challenging is the "love your enemies."  Great ideals to strive for, whether we see the world as hopeless or just needing some work.


  1. Well said. I am determined to never let go of my idealism, although the older I get the more of a fight it is to keep it. (One of my nicknames in college was "Idealistic Imaya", my other was "H-sub-zero" the alternative hypothesis in statistics) I believe idealism is tied very closely to faith. God challenges us to leave behind all that we fear, trust him, cling to doing good, and believe in the impossible.

    1. Good thought, Imaya. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  2. You have hit the nail on the head!
    And yes, we need idealism, which is linked to positivity, to help us in pursuit of those goals/dreams...
    I'm visiting from the A to Z circuit. Nice to meet you and enjoy the rest of the challenge. *waves*


    1. michelle, Thanks for visiting, (visiting your blog)

  3. An interesting post.

    All the best,