People Pusher Beliefs

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. - John F. Kennedy

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake. - Henry David Thoreau

The Mission of the People Pusher

It's about the people, stupid.

That's a campaign slogan I wish someone had adopted. In our world today, so much is focused on "platforms" and ideology that is not about the people. The People Pusher wants you to think about that.

At the end of everyone's life, what are they thinking about? Some are seeking redemption for the things they know they did that were "bad." Others are thinking "did I leave my mark on the world?" Still others haven't figured out yet that you can't take the bank account, high profile career, McMansion, or any of that with you.

In the end, the hope is that we are all thinking about who was loved, who we helped, and how we behaved in the community of humanity.

This blog is focused on people issues. And the mission of the People Pusher is that you will think about the people, too.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

That's Just Not Neighborly!

It strikes me that we now have a layer of government and law enforcement in our lives that is taking away our need to be neighborly - it's called a homeowner's association.

Case in point: my dead barking dog.

Yup, my dog is dead. And yup, somebody complained that it barks too much.

Did anyone ask me if I still had a dog? Nope. That's because we don't really live in a "neighborhood." We live in a system of rows of houses where people don't talk to one another. No longer do people have to just walk over to my house and ask "was that your dead dog barking last night?"

So the People Pusher wants to know... why do we want homeowner's associations? I'm starting to think that pink houses are a great idea. Since the reason we have homeowner's associations is supposedly to keep the neighbor from painting their house pink, I am really starting to like pink houses. As John Mellencamp said, "little pink houses, for you and me!"

But seriously - I'd like the idea of a "neighborhood" to come back.

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