Living in Las Vegas makes it difficult to grasp what’s really going on in the world around us.
Here in Las Vegas we see crowds of tourists walking along the Las Vegas Strip; we find crowded restaurants everywhere, lots of new cars on the streets, and when a championship fight comes to town all the hotels are sold out.
We see gambling at the table games, slot machines and at the race and sports books. The nightclub activity is nothing short of amazing. Las Vegas is a hum-drum scene of non-stop activity!
As I’ve said, looking at the world around us while living here can give us a false sense of what the realities going on in this world are really all about or how they may affect us, or our children, or grandchildren in the future.
We watch television and listen to radio news commentators report horror stories every day concerning the Middle East, genocide being committed against Christians, etc. We hear news stories about the White House doing little or nothing regarding what’s going on in the Middle East.
On top of hearing the depressing reports related to the Middle East, every day we hear depressing reports concerning our economy and our national debt. On top of those things we are subjected to hearing about the social and economic problems taking place in cities right here in the USA.
As though these things are not depressing enough, the news media also seems to delight in reporting about Hillary Clinton’s failure to answer questions regarding Benghazi or her cell phone activity. After talking about the former first lady, they usually turn their attention to stories about the next presidential election.
Amazingly and almost on a daily basis, more and more candidates seem to be getting in line to run on the Republican ticket. The race is a long way off, yet the entrants are filling the starting gate with more candidates than horses who ran In the last Kentucky Derby.
To those of us living here in Las Vegas it’s difficult, if not impossible, to know or understand the complexities regarding the events taking place around the world. The same is true as the field of presidential candidates will get narrowed down to a number that makes sense.
Of course we know what we hear on the radio, we know what we see and hear on television, and at the same time, we know there is little or nothing we can do about these horrific events. Our lives are filled with our own problems including making a living.
It is hard to imagine the nightmarish life people living in the Middle East must be living as here in Las Vegas, we watch the daily non-stop activity that goes on all around us. These events are not a distraction; they are a daily reality for us.
To me it comes down to this: what can we do about the things we hear about that take place outside of Las Vegas? As individuals we are powerless to help the innocent people in the Middle East or lend a hand to the folks living in the flooded areas of the USA.
We have no say in the political arena that guides the destiny of our nation through the men and women we have elected… it’s ludicrous to believe that through our votes we have a say… nothing could be further from the truth.
The fact of the matter is, our politicians all have the same agenda… to get themselves elected, then re-elected — that’s what they’re really all about and they will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.
The bottom line is: all we can do as individuals is to try to make great strides forward morally, spiritually, and intellectually every day of our lives and be conscious of God and appreciative of the glorious powers and possibilities he has implanted in us.