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No one can say the New Year hasn't charged out of the tunnels with a bang, football playoffs and Bowl games aside! It seems 2009 has been ushered in with spectacular flames shooting out of hotel windows as terrorists plant bombs, the explosion of rocket attacks over desert cities, and gunfire trails streaking across the night skies rather than just celebratory fireworks and crystal balls dropping in Times Square. Did someone say "change?"

Although it's still too early to project the direction the economy and the resulting effects will take over the next twelve months, we've all braced ourselves to meet the challenges. We've accepted the fact that the rehabilitation will require time, and possibly, some personal lifestyle priority adjustments. However, if the daily revelations on the news are any indication, the status quo is alive and well. Did someone say "change?"  

Already, we hear rumblings of stalemate and filibuster, probable weeks of detail wrangling and compromise over a new stimulus package designated to assist the working people and create jobs, floor fights over seating appointees, accusations of nepotism in certain Senate choices, criminal charges pending on a gubernatorial appointer, withdrawal of a cabinet post acceptance due to an investigation into improper contributions and pork, and the list goes on. Did someone say "change?"

Afganistan, Iraq and Iran, the conflict between Pakistan and India has dropped to the bottom of the headlines as another war erupts between Israel and the Palestinians. The United Nations has failed to come up with a ceasefire declaration as the U.S. used its vote to stop it. So, all is status quo on the global front as well. The status of resource depletion, genocidal policies, hunger, poverty and pirates offers little that would nurture new hope. No change there, either.  

I've attempted to educate myself on the politics of the Middle East but have come to the conclusion that would require a life's work. If one studies the claims of the various peoples, each has its legitimate grievance. If one looks at history, it's mind boggling. The old world history we learned in high school or college is no longer relevant in today's times. Names of countries aren't even the same as then. Although the people there have been warring for eons, the conflicts we are familiar with are the result of Twentieth Century events. Some border changes are as recent as 2005!  

As long as devout religious beliefs are at the root of the masses' moral motivations, and all governments and their political policies are rife with corruption, power mongering egos and greed, often using the faiths of its constituents as a control mechanism, I don't see a lasting solution in achieving world peace as even possible. Not much change to expect there.

Change is simply going to have to evolve through the masses themselves, in my opinion. A mindful separation of our personal responsibility in our earthly survival where connection of the inhabitants is possible, and a tolerance for the faith of others during the lifetime one has here is crucial if any nation is to survive. The way each individual chooses to worship and communicate with their Creator, or not, should never bring harm to another of that same Creator's design, including the Cosmos itself.

If one studies the basic tenets of each of the world's scriptures, including the sciences of physicality, there is no conflict. The conflict comes from the errant interpretations of truth and the perceptions of the worshipers. Our forefathers saw that when our constitution designated separation of church and state. Somewhere along the journey, we've lost that designation. Neutralizing that one control mechanism of governments would weaken the corrupt leaders and policies. It would eliminate electing unqualified officials based on one faith-based tenet being used to corral the voters into their stable.  

It is said, "The Creator is not the author of confusion." That is quite profound if pondered awhile. Even micro chaos and macro change is not confusion. It's only a process of evolving. Can one honestly purport that change and adaptation through wisdom, growth, and necessity is not evolution?  

  

Susan Haley, Author
RAINY DAY PEOPLE – A Novel
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**Susan Haley is the published author of two books, several articles on networking, an award-winning poet, and the copy editor and book reviewer for Pepper Tree Press Publishing, book reviewer for AME Marketing out of San Diego and poetry editor for The Infinite Writer.. She also contributes a column to "The Florida Writer" the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association, of which she is Facilitator for the Sarasota County Chapter. The audio version of her novel "Rainy Day People" was recently awarded runner-up Finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence National Book Awards. She is a contributor to a variety of editorials and excerpts of her work can be found in various E-zines, newsletters, and local papers.



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      Midnightmom wrote Jan 6, 2009
    • If this economy doesn’t bring about change I don’t know what will. I see and hear about people helping each other more. Maybe that is local news, but it is the kind I like to hear. Often it is hardship that brings out the best in people. Too bad that is what it takes for us to remember the important things in life.

      To tell you the truth, after the uproar of the election, the rise and fall of the stock market, and the bailouts,my mind just went into overload and tilted. I can’t even keep up with it anymore and the old saying comes back to me, “The more I know the more is my grief“.

      I really don’t know how you do it - keeping up to date on the news. Does it affect your happiness? I wonder about that.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 6, 2009
    • Good article!



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      Leslie House wrote Jan 7, 2009
    • The only way real change can come is if the people called by God’s name will fall upon their face and repent, then  God will hear our prayer and heal our land.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 7, 2009
    • Annie you are so right! PE Obama promised change but there is too much of the same still in positions of influence. It is a broken system. Just look at the way we vote. That says it all!



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