Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Post Modern

There are several answers to the question about are we our brother’s keeper depending whom you ask. I would say to some extent we are. It’s in the Constitution in the preamble about “We the People…promote the general welfare, insure domestic tranquillity…etc.” That’s why we have government — to ensure that there is a palm that holds us all safely in it from the darkness of anarchy and the other creatures of the night.
The Supreme Court and , indeed, some lawmakers and many lawbreakers now feel we do not need to watch out for each other.
We are on our own. One mistake and a ruined life is possible.
We are coming up to the 4th of July. A time when men (and women) knew they must hang together or hang separately when disengaging from a government unresponsive to the needs of its people here. It was an era of people rising up to declare themselves to the skies as free of former dogma about king and country. Or maybe just king. I am proud that I read those thrilling words from the Declaration of Independence as part of a celebration in a National Park on the 4th.
I am not a super Patriot. I do not fly flags or feel the Constitution should never be amended. BUT I love my country. And all I want when I ask my country:”Am I my brother’s keeper?”
is for the reply:” Yes, you are, and so are we all.”


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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