What Could Be

I had the most wonderful dream last night.

I dreamt that all people in the Middle East had freedom and human rights. The very brave women who recently drove on the streets in Saudi Arabia to protest its ban were not eventually cracked down on by their oppressive regimes.

Islamic terrorism was no longer a problem. Instead of studying how to be suicide bombers, children in formerly Muslim countries studied physics, algebra, chemistry, and many other topics, contributing greatly to all fields. Their military skills weren’t totally wasted, however. Many went on to become great martial artists and worked to develop foolproof security checkpoints.

Africa, under the cloak of a government that ensures a fundamentally peaceful society and the rights of its people, grew to be an independent and technologically advanced civilization. As well as having many robust medical and technological industries, tourists travelled there frequently to see the beautiful landscapes. It was a treasure-trove for botanists, chemists, and medical researchers.

Judging anyone by the color of their skin was not even thinkable. A person was judged for who they were—for good or bad. All persons, any color, any size, any background, were given honest, independent, individualized judgment.

And, America. Ah, America, the first to spearhead this dream and set the example for the rest of the world. In America, the peace was secure, the money was strong, and the opportunities were endless. Financial or regulatory obstacles to starting a business were non-existent. Everyone in every market competed openly and freely. Many individuals struck it rich. People were left alone to do what makes them money and what makes them happy.

Then, I woke up.

Many intellectuals, professors, and politicians were preaching that it would be wrong of us to force our way of life onto other cultures, such as Middle Eastern culture. Ideals of freedom, security, and individualism are just one option, up for any society to choose, as compared to despotism, theocracy, and human rights abuse.

Even more intellectuals, professors, and politicians were preaching that Islam is peace. Reading a book on science or reading a book that teaches its followers to kill those who don’t follow is of no consequence.  Who are we to judge—who are we to even know?

Africa is not to be looked upon as a place of possible civilization but as an object of pity.  Don’t dare speak of the secret you have of what creates prosperity. Don’t give your advice but please do give your money.

Entire departments at universities were dedicated to looking at humans through the prism of class, race and gender. Preferential treatment was upheld by law.

And, America. She’s suffering. The money has been spoiled and continues to be spoiled. The peace was threatened and continues to be threatened. The solutions being preached are to print more money and tax more people, especially the successful. The land of the free is becoming the land of the entitled.

I learned when I woke up: What could be is possible, if not for the ideas that hold it back.

Amber Pawlik
June 17, 2011

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