Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day

By Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Andreas Tille (Own work) GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

When I became involved in this movement, I was asked why. My answer is that if we are to have any hope for the next generation, we need to fix this. So I started looking at the next generation, and found kids today have an much more intuitive instinct for social justice and equality than we give them credit for. They want to grow up to  invent and discover things that benefit people overall, not just a segmented group.

Not too long ago, I was privileged to host dinner for some family friends. Among our guests was an 11 year old boy, who we will call “Billy” in this story.

Billy chatted as any eleven year old will. I asked him what his favorite subject in school was. He replied that it was social studies, not the usual Math or English response most children will give. As we talked, he said something very interesting.

“Rome was a great and wonderful society,” he explained. “They had everything figured out, and it was working perfectly. Then, some of them got greedy and wanted more for themselves than what everyone else had. Before long, the whole thing crumbled and nobody had anything any more.” Then he put his silverware down and his shoulders slumped. He looked like he was almost ready to cry, and he said, “I see the same thing happening in our country, and it scares me. I don’t want America to crumble, but the greed we have going on will make it all crumble.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but in my eyes, if an 11 year old kid can figure this out, we have two options:
1: Be like Rome
2: Let the kids run Congress.

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About MNgranny

An activist since the age of 17, MNgranny embraced the Occupy Movement from its beginning. After earning a BA in Mass Communications and enjoying a 30 year career, she is now disabled and dedicates her life to changing the world for the next generation. Her experiences include volunteering in community service organizations and taking leadership roles throughout her academic and professional life. She is also a survivor of rape and domestic violence, a published author and a master naturalist. She has focused for the last several years on studying Middle East geopolitical impacts, and specializes in Kurdish history, culture and politics.

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