Well, My Darlings, it seems that most of the traffic that was streaming through our area has stopped for the most part and things are getting back to normal. Normal . . . what does that really mean, here in Campbell County?
Many folks did nothing during this period of heavy traffic but complain and complain. Others, accepted the situation and made the best of it. Some saw this as a chance to participate in something that benefitted so many other people from all over this country. It’s amazing how so many folks around here don’t realize they’re a part of the State of Tennessee and not living in isolation.
I’ve always understood the fact that nothing that goes on in any other part of this state or this nation, for that matter, doesn’t go on right here in Campbell County. Of course, it happens to a lesser degree, but it’s right here on a daily basis. Yes, death, taxes, political corruption, sex, drugs, and Rock N’ Roll.
For years, I’ve watched and listened as some folks do every thing they can to deny that these things exist. And with all that denial, comes the fact that you can’t isolate yourself and pretend that some things don’t exist. When you do that, it just makes the situation worse and you don’t have the time to consider any solutions to the problems, as you keep denying that these problems are present.
It’s just like when I make biscuits, If I don’t pay attention to the quality of my flour (making sure that no critters have gotten into the flour), that my oven is working good, and that my Buttermilk is rich and not watery, and that I don’t overwork the dough, how can I expect to get a good batch of biscuits?
Just recently, in Egypt, they had their first election in 7,000 years! Not 7, 70, or 700, but 7,000 years. And we, in this county think we have it hard. Poverty, in this county, would look like luxury to millions of others in this world. Poverty is not having a television, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, cell phones, medical care, automobiles, SSI, and Food Stamps. It’s “normal” for many people living in “poverty” in this county, to have all of the above and more!
And this latest road problem on I-75, just seemed to disrupt the “normal” way of life here in Campbell County for many folks. There didn’t seem to be any consideration for what this problem did to the lives of all those that had to take the detour, did it? Several folks died and so many here just complained because it took them a tiny bit longer to get to where they were going?
We are not isolated here in Campbell County from the rest of the world. Problems are just a part of living and solutions to problems are not found in complaining. T-Dot did their part, the police did their part, and in time, most of the problems were solved for the time being until something else happens. That’s life!
Poverty is abundant in many ways. My Darlings, the greatest poverty lies in the fact that too many people, here in Campbell County accept living in poverty and are aided by those who need poverty to continue their jobs in government agencies and such. Just in case you didn’t realize it, Poverty is Profitable for many folks in this county and I don’t mean, the folks receiving help.
Too many people are not encouraged to even consider thinking about a solution, they just leave the house, turn off their televisions, grab their cell phones, cigarettes, their can of Mountain Dew, get in their cars, and make it a daily routine to go about this county receiving what is given to them because they are considered to be poor and deserving of all that is given to them.
Yes, some folks need help and they should receive it. But this Poverty of the Mind, seems to be encouraged more than discouraged. It’s normal, for too many to think what I can get, rather than what I can contribute.
Has that become the “normal” for Campbell County? And we get frustrated, when traffic, caused by the structural failure of a highway, causes us to slow down? And I wonder, what those folks in Egypt think about having to walk to a place to vote, after 7,000 years of waiting to vote? Do they think they are poor?
It’s just a matter of learning . . . unlearning . . . and . . . relearning.