Rick spoke to us about the American Dream. Rick used the Vince Lombardy quote “Winning isn’t everything but wanting to win is” juxtaposed with the Red Saunders quote “Winning isn’t everything, its the only thing” to illustrate the point that we have changed from a society that values fair play above all else to a society that values winning above all else.
Our belief in our “meritocracy” where merit gets you to the top has caused us to form a national myth that winners got to the top because their hard work has caused them to deserve to win. Losers are at the bottom because their lack of hard work caused them to be at the bottom. There is enough truth in this to make this national myth believable. However, things are not always as they seem. People suffered through the horrors of the 1930’s who did everything in their power to prosper. People enjoyed prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s despite the fact that some of them did not do everything in their power to prosper. Believing in the myth without examining the facts will sometimes lead you to the wrong conclusion. The problem with our national myths is that we never examine them.
We hold as our national myth that America has the greatest government in the world, the greatest health care system in the world, the greatest (fill in the blank) in the world. The myths are held to be true without examination. Therefore, when we have the greatest government in the world, it is only a short step away from believing that it is acceptable to impose that form of government on other countries. When we have the greatest health care system in the world, it is only short step to the belief that changing anything about the health care system would be a terrible thing.
It is blind belief in the unexamined myth that gets us into trouble.
Next week, Betty is going to talk about Fathers. Please bring a memory of either your father or a male role model in your life.
Candles were lit for Appalachian mountains, flood victims in Arkansas, Barb Wade’s brother. Becca announced that David Cobb of Ohio’s Green party was going to be speaking at First Unitarian Church..
Sue reported that the yard sale made $142 in receipts for the church. Later she revised that figure to $152 because somebody who made off with something without paying, paid.
The new website: CentralohioUU.info is up and running. First church has places spots on the local NPR stations.