2016-05-22

In the Service of Ones' Own....Ambitions?

My Dad and my Mom spent most of their working lives in the service of others.  Mom, as a Registered Nurse in the operating room, and as ...well...., a Mom.  Dad as many things along the way, the longest and most recent as the owner operator of a carpet cleaning business.  Together, they owned and operated a pick-your-own strawberry operation.

No matter what they were doing, there was always the sense that they were serving a purpose beyond themselves, both as unique individuals as well as together.  My brother and I were taught along the way to work the same way.  To find that which brings a greater meaning than simply meeting our own needs and ambitions and then fit our skills, abilities and ambitions to those things.

In this way we contribute to all, whether by large or small measure.  The meaning of living a life is enhanced by our having looked beyond ourselves.  In a way, it is a selfish thing to do in that we gain from having looked beyond ourselves.  Some call it a sense of ultruism.  Whatever one calls it, it has an impact...

This campaign season is the first time in my life where I have seen a candidate coming into a position of a potential win who displays not a shred of purpose beyond himself.  No ultruism.  No meaning outside his own ambition.  His primary competitor is very much like him, though not so blatantly.

Both Trump and Clinton display rather rabid ambition.  Their styles are different, but the primary focus is in each ones own goal.  Not the goals of the country, not the goals of their people.  Their country and their people are tools that they use to get where they want to go.

Trump shows this, and has shown it his entire public career.  He does so by blowing through others concerns, by playing on divisions, and by doing so in a way which brings no unification.  He lets others take care of such trivial matters... ie., the now weakened GOP.  Everything and everyone are simply tools to get what he wants.  Trump serves no one but Trump.  That is perfectly clear.

Clinton shows this as well, with a much more nuanced methodology.  She will shift about on issues depending on circumstances and audience.  Her style is to appear to serve whoever will get her where she want to go.  Her style is more palatable to me, as it is less confrontational, yet I see someone who wants to achieve for themselves before serving any purpose other than her own.  If Clinton serves something greater than herself, it is hard to discern what it might be.  Clinton, as compared to Trump, is very unclear....

I don't get the impression of any ultruism or concern for anything other than their own ambition in either of these candidates.  So, to what purpose would I be voting for either of these individuals?  If all I see is ambition for themselves, to what greater purpose beyond myself does my vote go?  To my countty? To my people?  To some greater good for the world at large?  No I don't thinks so....

I don't know what my vote in November will mean.  About all it can mean is that I dutifully went out and did my patriotic duty to vote.

This really sucks.....