The Elephant in the Room

I get that people would love to focus on the positive and that it is important for the most part. Nevertheless, there are certain realities that we have to face. Facing these “realities” do not have to be a negative experience. Our reaction to things is very much based on our perspective. Thus, we think about the bigger picture, it is not inevitable that we must feel helpless and get bogged down with feelings of defeat. Instead, we should think about how we can overcome seemingly immeasurable odds. The City of Scranton is facing a situation very similar to this. I want to say that though many people would like it be different, there is no way to fix this city without confronting the government policies that has brought this city to its knees.

Let us eat and drink because tomorrow we die!

Change is something we should all aspire towards because it gives us the opportunity to seize the things we want. We want to be happy. We want opportunity. We want the satisfaction of having a full and bountiful life. When I tell people let’s Save Scranton, it calls to mind dealing with a government that puts a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. But that does not have to be the case at all. The government is the people of Scranton. The City of Scranton is the shop keepers, artist, students and workers who make this city thrive with activity. What I mean when I say “Save Scranton” is that the people of Scranton need to take control and determine the future of the city for them. This is the most empowering thing you can do. The very foundation of this country is based on self-determination. The belief that you have the right to pursue that form of life that will bring you happiness and satisfaction. We should never be content to wait for things to change when we are the very instrument that can bring change about.

Change for Everyone

We need to look at Scranton as an entire package. There is no difference between its artistic future, political future, economic future, or fiscal future. All those things are wrapped into one vision of the city. The truth is that it is completely with in the hands of the people to determine what sort of Scranton they want to see. We want a Scranton with excitement, opportunity, events and innovation. We want this Scranton because it will mean jobs, tourism and all sorts of new attractions. The only thing standing between this vision and the reality of it is what we the people do. This is not an academic exercise. This is not merely theoretical. Let us merge every aspect of this city into one powerful whole. Let us have everyone participate. Let us be active in the fate of this city and we will be able to wholeheartedly make this city exactly the way we want it. After all, tolerating something that is not acceptable isn’t something that we Americans are accustomed to doing. Happy Holidays!

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