Is it too late? Have we failed the future of America by allowing our schools to stop teaching history (accurately) and trying to explain that by understanding the past we are less likely to repeat it?

As a kid my summer vacations consisted of at least one if not more, visits to historical sites and museums. My parents were always learning and they insisted we did the same. I am grateful for that.

Have you been to a museum lately? Traveled to a battleground or historic area of a community to see how things have changed over the years? Most likely you haven’t and that’s part of the problem. We are given the ability to continue to learn and to expand our minds, have we forgotten that? I’m afraid so.

California is back in business with wanting more restrictions against law abiding people. An attempt is being made to raise the age to purchase a firearm and to restrict the purchaser’s ability to only one time every 30 days. Good thing those gang members have pledged to be on board!

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, Goldfish crackers and Ritz crackers have been added to the all too frightening list of possible salmonella contamination. What the heck is going on here? Aren’t these processed dried goods? Apparently salmonella has changed and grown to now be present in powdered whey products. Oh goody.

Our fresh water is contaminated (by man). Our foods are filled with deadly toxins (due to human error). We look to save the polar ice but because of the cooler water in the oceans we have seen little hurricane activity this year. Humans are not the solution as we seem to be our own worst enemy.

Maybe it’s time to chill. Maybe we should just be happy each and every day that we have on this great blue marble. Maybe statues don’t really matter and should not incite riots but reminders of the past and left alone.

Instead of trying to fight what the planet will do, maybe we just need to make the best of it.

Are we creating a continent of plastic in the oceans? Of course we are. Maybe the late great comedian George Carlin was right, maybe the planet created us solely to create plastic. Wouldn’t that be something?

Remember knowledge is power, go take your kids to a museum and never stop learning.

 

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.