If you’re anything like me then there are days when you grow very concerned for the health, welfare, and future of our Republic.
You worry about what the world will look like for you children and their children. You worry about the kind of lives your loved ones may be forced to live, and about the freedoms they may or may not enjoy. You worry that all of the hard work and diligence you’ve applied to your time on this earth will mean nothing to those you leave behind because of political forces that none of us can control.
I encourage you to worry less, mostly because it’s pointless. Worry solves nothing. Worry helps no one. Worry only causes the one who worries pain.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson must have been feeling some of that same energy recently because he decided to take some time from his show to talk about what we know for sure about life and politics in the coming year.
Here’s his advice for dealing with the worries:
That doesn’t mean disaster is coming — but it could.
We have no idea what is going to happen in 2018, so it seems like a good moment to review the things we do know for sure.
Here’s a partial list:
— Wars almost never make countries richer or happier.
— Reading the internet all day does not make you smarter.
— Sending more texts and emails does not make you more productive.
— You have an absolute right to say what you think is true.
— Friendship is more important than politics – so are sports, dinner, church, dogs, and most hobbies.
— Attacking people because of their skin color is wrong – this is always true no matter the color.
— The beginning of wisdom is understanding how little you can control.
— Gender is not a social construct, it is a biological reality.
— Animals are closer to humans than we think, and people are closer to animals.
— You’re responsible for yourself and your family.
— The only immutable law is the law of unintended consequences.
— Electronic devices rarely improve your life, often they enslave you.
— No text message is ever worth interrupting a meal with people you love.
— The U.S. government has one duty, securing the well-being of American citizens.
— Charity begins at home. Before you send a check to fight malaria in the Congo or sponsor a refugee in Minneapolis, ask yourself why so many of our fellow Americans are living on the streets or dying of drug overdoses, and what you can do to help.
— Laws change, customs and beliefs change, a lot changes. Human nature never changes.
— Any food that makes your mouth water, likely bad for you.
— In the end, all that really counts is relationships with other people. No matter how successful you are, if your kids hate you, you have failed.
— History happened, like it or not.
— Raising good kids will help the world.
As usual, Tucker’s right.
Do good while you can, where you can, and for who you can. We can’t control the way the wind blows, we can’t stop evil men from doing evil things, but we can control ourselves, our reactions, our decisions, and our own words. Let’s decide together that we’ll all continue working as hard as we can for as long as we can in an effort to improve our world and then we’ll just let God decide how this is all going to play out.
Happy New Year and welcome 2018.