Times, They Are A Changing

Friday, November 08, 2013

Times, they are a changing.  Bob Dylan, the balladeer of rebellion, warned us it was going to happen, but it doesn't make it any less painful when we witness it today. It is painful to watch a society crumble around us.  All the values our parents instilled in us; the protection and security of the home and family, the distinct parental roles and responsibilities with the never ending rewards when fulfilled.  All of these now are being challenged along with the requirement to dedicate and constructively apply our unique and God given skills in this land of opportunity if we are to contribute and succeed.

I guess I'm just out of touch with these trends of today.  I accepted that God made us male and female and endowed each with certain traits to effectively fulfill those roles as mothers and fathers.  To one the strength of the protector, provider and discipliner by providing sternness and strength, and to one tenderness, compassion and character shaping love.  I have witnessed the resulting tragedies when either of these roles are abandoned or when alternates are substituted or even promoted. 

Times, they are A changing. Being from a working class background, I was taught that in the business world, the benefits, rewards or recognition were earned by faithful service, for dedicated efforts and for contributions made to my profession or employer.  Now the courts are being asked to provide all of these, wholly based on sexual preference, given in the name of fairness rather than earned.  I would never say that Dylan was a major prophet, but he was a pretty good proclaimer when he wrote:

"Come mothers and fathers from across the land, Don't criticize what you can't understand"

"Your Sons and your Daughters are beyond your command"   

"Your old road is rapidly aging, please get out of the old one if you can't lend a hand. Times they are a changing." 

I don't envy the honorable members of our City Council.  As citizens we can only observe it.  In two weeks they must accept or reject it. 

Bobby Wood
Harrison


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