The Good and the Bad are Inseparable

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The Good and the Bad are Inseparable

by baldilocks

No one should feel guilty about any crime they didn’t per­son­ally com­mit, but when­ever I read a post and a thread like this one (from 2008) regard­ing white guilt, I won­der whether such peo­ple are equally as fer­vent about dis­tanc­ing them­selves from the laud­able actions and baldilockslega­cies of our Found­ing Fathers – or that of the World War Two Gen­er­a­tion – as they are about dis­as­so­ci­at­ing them­selves from the country’s dis­tant slave-​holding past and not-​so-​distant oppres­sive past (45 years ago).

If our good his­tory is rel­e­vant to who we, as Amer­i­cans, are today, then so is our bad his­tory and there’s noth­ing wrong with think­ing about and acknowl­edg­ing the truth about both. Our foun­da­tion is com­posed of both. How­ever, it does not, or rather, it need not fol­low that blame be cast or guilt be felt as a result of admit­ting the truth. Think first; feel sec­ond, if at all.

Just say­ing.

Not being per­fect, Amer­ica and Amer­i­cans have not and do not always reach the bar which we had set for us in the late eigh­teenth cen­tury. How­ever, we should feel grate­ful to God – not guilty – that our Found­ing Fathers gave us such a high bar to reach for in the first place. When we fall short we get up and try again. That’s our her­itage and to have all too many parts of the coun­try wal­low in both guilt and blame is quickly giv­ing rise to a lot of bit­ter­ness and point­less anger — not to men­tion grief.

Feel blessed, and not guilty or venge­ful. Both areas are God’s provinces.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

No one should feel guilty about any crime they didn’t personally commit, but whenever I read a post and a thread like this one (from 2008) regarding white guilt, I wonder whether such people are equally as fervent about distancing themselves from the laudable actions and baldilockslegacies of our Founding Fathers–or that of the World War Two Generation–as they are about disassociating themselves from the country’s distant slave-holding past and not-so-distant oppressive past (45 years ago).

If our good history is relevant to who we, as Americans, are today, then so is our bad history and there’s nothing wrong with thinking about and acknowledging the truth about both. Our foundation is composed of both. However, it does not, or rather, it need not follow that blame be cast or guilt be felt as a result of admitting the truth. Think first; feel second, if at all.

Just saying.

Not being perfect, America and Americans have not and do not always reach the bar which we had set for us in the late eighteenth century. However, we should feel grateful to God–not guilty–that our Founding Fathers gave us such a high bar to reach for in the first place. When we fall short we get up and try again. That’s our heritage and to have all too many parts of the country wallow in both guilt and blame is quickly giving rise to a lot of bitterness and pointless anger—not to mention grief.

Feel blessed, and not guilty or vengeful. Both areas are God’s provinces.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>