Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An American Tragedy

An American Tragedy

Trucking along with Bill I see both natural beauty and harsh ugliness. When you travel this way, you see things as they really are. There is no controlled environment, as you create on a vacation. You cannot pick and choose what you see while trucking along America's roads.

There is no looking away because it is hard. It is there, and it should be noticed. I find it important to look, to really see what and who is actually there. I also find it important to share what I see. Avoiding it doesn't mean it isn't there. Looking away doesn't solve it.     

I hope to remind others of their own blessings. However, I also pray for solutions of improvement for those less fortunate. Their story needs to be told, because they do matter. 

The reality of life is that there is both beauty and ugliness. You cannot have one without the other. In fact, one should make you appreciate the other. And that should make you look.


"There is none so blind as those that will not see."
Matthew Henry,
Welsh Non-Conformist Minister,
1662-1714


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  1. Sights like that are so sad to see. You just have to imagine what it was like back in the day when it was all fresh and new. Take care and have a great day.

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    1. There is history here, and it belongs to all of us.

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  2. I agree that ugliness makes us appreciate beauty but traveling on road were abandoned buildings are falling is bad disrepair is painful on the eyes.

    I always want them to be torn down and some trees planted or grass seeded.

    I hope you have a great day and Chloe is feeling better today.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. That which we cannot restore should be taken down and yes, trees planted and fields planted.

      Chloe Jo is still out of sorts, but slowly gaining strength. (Naughty.) Hug.

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  3. We don´t see much of that in Sweden and for that I´m thankful , but like you say it´s important to do look , to really see what and who is actually there.
    My mom-person does that when she travels and feel blest of how good life is back home.

    XOXO

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    1. Thanks for this. It is important, especially those who live there.

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  4. you can't avoid seeing the ugly if you keep your eyes open

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    1. That is the key to fixing it, to look and really see.

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  5. Much of America is an American Tragedy! But I try to find the beauty in the despair. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. We have to, if we are going to save America and her people.

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  6. Such an interesting take on what can be pretty ugly. I have zero tolerance for tagging, and I wish the old buildings would be restored and loved and used again, but that always takes money...money people don't have. It's so sad to me.

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    1. Marie, this is exactly what should happen. We need to invest in our country, our people. We need to restore these buildings and put people back into them.

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  7. Hi McGuffy,
    They say that 'pure love' is one that does not belong to the group of things in the Law of Duality. I am trying to understand love.

    I love the quote you have posted. It rings true to me.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Peace :)

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  8. It never ceases to amaze me how entire communities, once thriving and a hubbub of activity, suddenly expire. There are always those pockets that seem to sit, abandoned and forlorn, for eons before they are suddenly re-flourishing in new ways. Our area seems to suck up these places and replace them with towering condominiums. There is heartbreak there, yes. And your photo (and thoughts) capture that perfectly.

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    1. America needs to start taking care of her own. We need to take take of our own people. No one else is going to.

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  9. guys...yur mom iz rite....N frank lee...we think thoze who .."dont' have much"
    appreciate a bazillion times mor...what they DUE have, then those who "seem ta have everee thing " ....and just want....mor ♥

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    1. You are wise and wonderful, indeed. I agree wholeheartedly.

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  10. You can find beauty in the worst of conditions. I give thanks daily for my blessings.

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    1. Indeed. People who live in hard conditions do not choose it. Many have much to offer including hard won wisdom and appreciation for the simple things.

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  11. so true....i find these places beautiful in their own way still but i do hate that they are allowed to get into this state :(

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    1. There is beauty the people and places here. That is why we need to save it, to save them.

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  12. McGuffy Ann, you do really find the most unusual pictures in your travels. We will be traveling from Texas to Arizona this week, so I'm looking forward to observing all I can see. We will be crossing the West Desert toward El Paso, so I know there will be some sights to see along the way.

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    1. Absolutely! Bill goes out that way often. I look forward to seeing it through your eyes, too.

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  13. Totally agree...it's sad and awful that we let these things happen.

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    1. We have the power and intelligence to stop it...and prevent it.

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  14. I so agree that it takes both to appreciate one. I guess it just lets us know how fleeting we, ourselves, are and that we should try to understand why things are the way they are. Great post.

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    1. Exactly. Thank you, Betty. I appreciate that.

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  15. There will always be trouble and bad things, and we can't look away. We can try to make it better, though.

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    1. Mimi, this is my hope: that we look and see, and make it better. I think that is our responsibility to the world and each other.

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  16. It is a different kind of journey than those on "vacation" and we often see homeless or people who look down and out....but maybe that comes with the RV lifestyle. There are some million dollar rigs out there, but many more who are barely scraping by.

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    1. Yes, you are seeing a different reality than a vacation, too. Many people live at what used to be only camping areas, now. Stay safe.

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  17. I agree with you. We've seen some pretty rough places when we have gone on vacation.

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  18. I don't find this ugly, but rather so sad and a testament to our failed economy in so many areas of our country. Lately, it seems as if everything makes me sad. Thanks for sharing. Purrs and prayers to Chloe Jo from all of us. Hugs, Janet

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    1. It is sad. We need to address this before we lose ourselves completely.

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  19. we really do need to see with better eyes. there are so many stories in places like that - and they should be told. It's a part of of all of us; our shared humanity in ruins perhaps? sad.

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    1. I agree with your words; you said it perfectly. Thank you. Hug.

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  20. Your photo....good one....but your words are so poignant and meaningful.

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  21. Another great find for rubbish along the highway. I'm always amazed at your ability to take great shots while on the move.

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  22. Eyes open, and seeing is very important, and key to survival. This place doesn't appear to be too out of reach, but then we're not seeing the entire story of the community. There is so much that is a sad shame.

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  23. Sadly that is becoming a familiar scene in all parts of America. You are right though, looking away won't make it go away.

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  24. What a great post. You have put things in perspective. We do "create" what we want to see, and choose to not see things that make the picture whole.

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