Open for business, on this 20th day of July, 2010. The first decade of the 21st century is almost over. This date marks 40 years since I mustered out of the U.S. military: a very long time ago, yet a flash in time. I was 21 years old, a young man lost in the confluence of circumstances. The Vietnam War was still raging, soon to end embarrassingly for America. There were street riots and campus protests against the war. It was a time of unrest, and there were no answers nor solutions.
I entered the University and found youths in military garb violently disrupting the academic ambiance, presumably for egoistical matters under the guise of an ideal. They were suckers. We were all suckers. Some were specialists of aggrandizement, however; probably the only ones with an authentically real purpose in life. The rest merely wanted to be heard. Then, as now, no one was listening. Everyone has a hungry heart and an opinion, and very few observe and listen; and very often miscues rule the results.
That just seems to be human nature; a part of the human condition.