If you've read this blog for a while, you know I spend much time talking about building a culture of preparedness.
Today, I had lunch with a lobbyist friend of mine. We were discussing politics, both state and national, as well as various political issues and how they affect the Christian church. My friend, who has been a successful lobbyist for many years, noted that in a recent sermon at her church, the pastor talked about the culture we live in today.
She said her pastor's choice of the word "culture" really resonated with her. Looking around at the various societal problems we face today, we see that much of it stems from our current culture. Cultures that don't value thrift or saving. Cultures that encourage consumerism. Cultures that tell us everyone is a winner and that things we want should be provided free of charge.
She's not the only one. I had a lengthy text exchange with a family member last night whose political leanings are fairly opposite of mine. While we were not arguing, we were comparing notes and observations. What I found interesting is the fact that while our solutions to societal problems differ, our analysis of what is causing those problems was fairly congruent with each other: we have a culture where those responsible for much of our problems are not held accountable, in large part because most of us are distracted with the latest game show/sports event on television.
Don't believe me? Ask some of your acquaintances who the chair of the Federal Reserve is or what negative interest rates are. And then ask them to name the Kardashian sisters. I'm willing to bet more people can do the latter than the former.
And that's the problem. We lack the requisite culture to strengthen the nation.
And yet there's good news: we can change the culture.
From Pivot Points:
But as in the examples above, and countless others, the dynamic nature of American culture means we remain capable of changing it in a more positive direction. Many would agree that the culture change towards recycling waste materials and consuming more organic foods reflect positive steps for our nation. These two culture shifts did not stem from some random force of cultural physics, understood by only a handful of Ph.Ds in college campus laboratories. Cultural shifts have been taking place in our country precisely because the laws of cultural physics can be appreciated – and utilized – by anyone.
If cultural phenomena in America can be changed, is it worth the time and effort to create a culture of preparedness? Note I’m not pitching a new idea here. Quite to the contrary: in the last decade or so, a number of authors and government agencies have tried to tackle this very issue.
This isn’t rocket science. People have been changing the culture in this country with music, art and Bible verses for decades. There’s no reason we cannot do the same. And the news gets better: there’s no organization out there to my knowledge that’s going to oppose our efforts. I don’t see an anti—preparedness movement rising up, thwarting our attempts to get kids to learn CPR and parents to have food set aside in case of emergencies.
(pg. 81, 88)
We are all capable of changing culture. Every single one of us. We may not change the culture of a nation by ourselves, but we can do it with those around us.
Want to create a culture of preparedness with those in your circle of friends, family and acquaintances? Try some of these things:
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