What is Easy v what is right?
Sometimes we can find the most appropriate words in the least likely places. The other night I was watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Toward the end of the movie the headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore, says, "There are dark times ahead. Soon we will all have to choose
between what is right and what is easy." When I heard these words I thought they were appropriate for these times.
While there may or may not be dark times ahead, there are always times when we will all have to chose between what is right and what is easy.
Looking back on our recent history, it seems to me we have been making the decisions to do what was easy and at the same time deceiving ourselves
that we were doing what was right. Why is this so? Well, perhaps sometimes it's hard to do what's right. Like electricity, humans seem to want to follow
the path of least resistance.
It is easy to live our lives as if nothing is wrong. It is easy to believe we are safe in our warm homes. It is easy to sit on our couches and watch
"Survivor" or "American Idol". It is easy to believe the propaganda that they put on the screen every night and in print every day and not question it.
And it is easy to believe that it is right to let those in charge just do what they will and not the will of the people, to not assert yourself. It's easy to just
let someone else take the actions necessary to safeguard your freedom. It is easy to foist your responsibility on someone else. It's hard to admit that
something is wrong. It's hard to get up and take action yourself. It's hard to stand up and be counted. It's hard to write an article like this.
It's easy for the House of Representatives to say that impeachment is off the table, that they are going to try to work in a bipartisan manner. It's easy
for them to say there's nothing they can do about the war in Iraq, that it is the president's decision and his responsibility. It's easy to do nothing about
the illegal laws that have been recently passed that in essence shred th