I want to share an email I sent to my friends:
A New Year is here
First at all, what is wrong with our society?
Like many American I come to this land to improve, to give my best for the future of my kids.
I packed my life and I come here, with my bag full of dreams, and preconceptions too.
A hardship business, this trying to find myself in this “new world”. Learning the rules and realizing: how wrong I was about this American society.
Chasing the happiness and putting besides my preconceptions. People are the same here, in China , or Uruguay. We all have the same feelings, we all have the same needs; when we put aside the obvious cultural differences. Yes we speak different languages, we worship different gods or no gods, but under the skin, we all are human beings, and we all have the same spirituals needs, and we all are touched when bad stuff happens.
Friday 14th of December, 2012 was a sad day in the life of all of us, no matter if you have children or not.
The fact is that twenty children were killed in a small CT town. They were killed by another kid, carrying an assault rifle, and I am not forgetting the adults he killed.
I was working when I heard the news, and I couldn’t do my job after that.
I was sucked in to the event, because the media in our country is “hungry for bad news”.
And I was so sad and frustrated; please America turn off the TV!
The show they put every time any tragedy happen is so disgusting. Bad news means high ratings, bad news sells newspapers.
What is wrong with our society?
We had became this social-network blooper society where people can broadcast about their lonely life in an illusionary world full of “friends”, or just broadcast of somebody else’s tragedy, just for fun.
We had became this society where bad-ass attitude and stupidity is cool. Anybody can become a celebrity from dark to dusk. Success is directly proportional to the level of stupidity.
And success is measured in money.
And I am talking about the Jackass, Jersey Shore, Big Brother, and the list can go on and on , and of course all the followers.VULGARITY is the new COOL.
And then again I blame the media and it’s brainwash broadcasting.
And I also blame us as parents when we don’t check what our children are watching, or what our children play.
The bad-ass behavior is not exclusive to the “celebrities”. We just need to ride the bus or train to feel at first hand this attitude. People shoving, pushing to get there, the same selfish attitude populates our roads and highways, people cutting you off, illegal turns, crossing double solid lines to get there, it’s all about ME, ME, ME….
Our society so hungry for instant satisfaction, we don’t know how to wait. It’s all about: satisfy my needs NOW: fast food, speed dating, 500 HD channels, sports where they score goals for dozens,(no wander Soccer is not popular here),I need it and I need it now!
We lost the ability to wait, we are loosing our humanity on us.
A New Year is here.
And the world didn’t end. This may disappointed the media, I’m sure.
But what if the end of the world is really the end of an attitude, what if the end of the world really means a change of direction. And I am not talking about government; I am talking about us, the people.
What we can do?
Let’s start from home.
Let’s start with our kids, or spouses, our family members, people we love, our friends, and our workplace.
Nobody told me to give the seat to a pregnant woman that is the RIGHT thing to do.
Spread the good values, turn of the TV, read a book, tell your wife/husband I love you more often, hug your kids tight, keep the good memories alive of those who had departed
We have to become human again, and our children ARE the future.
I may sound idealistic, but I am just a man, a parent, a husband so sick and tired of the direction our society is going.
Sorry, I just cried out loud, I needed it.
If you got this email it’s because you made some difference in my life, big or small, human connections can be measured, I
am sure I can count WITH you, my friend
My best wishes in this New Year
Let’s start working to make of it a GREAT YEAR
God Bless us all
12/30/2012 New York City
Sagan-Rivero Custom Carpentry & Design
-- Richard, NY, www.saganrivero.com