I could do more for the future of young Americans with this blog post than Obama and Romney combined. The central concept is live a simple life. With secondary regard for whom is or isn’t president, folks need to develop their faith, eat right and exercise, grow their career and minimize lust for material things.
Obama is the key—Michelle Obama. The first lady’s personal history is the story of a Chi-town girl who got her homework, focused in class and honored her parents with her actions. As we would say back in the day, I like how she “carried herself.” We spend billions of state, local and federal governmental dollars addressing personal problems that some Americans went out of their way to create. They should have been living the simple life.
Last week, a country song came on the truck radio called “Alright” and it was all about enjoying a basic existence. I don’t want to get side tracked about how country music is really blue-eyed blues, and rock and roll is blue-eyed soul which was stolen.
Anyway, I searched the net for the song and it is actually by Darius Rucker, the brother who turned to country after fronting the pop/rock group Hottie and the Blowfish. Peace, love and happiness to Brother Rucker and his song is similar to the rural vibe of many tunes in that genre. As quiet as it is kept, my favorite cd of all time is Lynrd Skynyrd greatest hit compilation called “Gold and Platinum.” Rucker’s song feels like Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and both songs seem to be based on what you tell kids at home and at church.
On that same cd is the mellow cut “Comin Home.” It’s all about missing being at home. While cities are nice to visit, living 10 to 15 miles from an urban area is cool to me. As more rural Americans move away from direct involvement with agriculture, opportunities persist in food inspection, processing and distribution. When people grow weary of the congested North and the struggling Rust Belt, they should consider Georgia other than Atlanta (someone needs to pick up that city and shake it until some of those people fall out.)
Bottonline: if you live a simple life, you can limit drama, stress and strain.