America, Batman, God, Ideals, Life Lessons

The Ashes of Burning America

“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

-Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises

It is hard to make ends meet in the current state of middle-class America. Most Americans find themselves having to hold two jobs. Most families see both parents working while the kids are either at school or at daycare. Nowadays it is simply improbable for the working class to not survive without budgets and penny-pinching. I live at home with my mom, sister, boyfriend, two dogs and cat. I work a bartending job in my small town. My boyfriend works in a warehouse while he attends school. He served in the United States Marine Corps for five years. My mom works three jobs. My sister is a waitress.

And we still struggle to make ends meet. It’s frustrating….manageable, but frustrating.

You know what’s funny?

We still give to others as much as we can, and it’s more than some people that make quadruple our combined salaries will give.

I am happy to say that this year my mother and I took it upon ourselves to provide gifts for those in need. We do this every year, but this year I upped the antics. Our church has an Angel Tree with tags that parishioners can take to buy things for children and families in need. My mom took two angels this year and I took four. Combined we spent $200 on people we don’t even know. Meanwhile, a couple bills have slipped though the cracks, but we still manage. That amount of money may not seem like a lot to some, but to most of America $200 is a month’s worth of groceries or paying the electric bill to keep warm. When my boyfriend and I dropped off our loads of presents at the church, I felt so good about what I was doing. The gift collectors were so appreciative that they greeted us out at the car with bags to carry the gifts. I saw another lady walk by with a gift and I smiled at her.

But I also saw people with nothing in their hands.

I’m not being trying to be judgmental because I do not know their situations. However, I know that there are some people out there that could freely give money and toys to those and need.

And they never will. And I feel sorry for them.

This brings me to the quote I started this blog off with from The Dark Knight Rises. This movie was arguably one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is definitely the best movie I have seen this year up until this point.

Scenarios like what I said above happen all over the world. People turn away from those in need. Money is a simply a means to impress when it isn’t necessary. Money can buy you anything and anyone you want. Money doesn’t make you lucky. The love of money is the root of all evil, and it is destroying the world a day at a time.

Money. Money. Money.

So, I think it is safe to say that it is only a matter of time before Bane arises. A man or woman who is tired of how people act and takes it upon himself to be our reckoning. And will we have a billionaire masked crusader to help us and take it upon himself to save us?

Nope.

Our military lay down their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe and they do not get paid NEARLY enough for their sacrifices. I didn’t realize how unfairly they get paid until I started dating my boyfriend. Do they get good health care? Yes, while they are in. Do they have retirement plans? Yes. But they still don’t get paid nearly enough. The country pays more to professional sports players than to the military. People get paid millions to go out and have fun. Then these people have lockouts to try and get more money. FOR WHAT? For more entertaining? Give me a break. It’s PATHETIC. This is the America we live in: the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And to top that off, the government doesn’t actually help those in need because people have figured out how to cheat the system. I am disgusted when I see people buying cigarettes with their government aid cards. DISGUSTED.

Welcome to America. Bane is coming, and it’s only a matter of time.

And no rich billionaire would ever get off their ass to be our Batman. It’s sad. A normal person couldn’t afford all the necessary tools to be a figure like Batman, and no rich person would ever pay to protect us. If they can’t even donate money to help those in need or buy a present for a child that needs one, they would never lay their life on the line. They don’t have the guts to do that.

I’m calling out and challenging the rich that sit on their money this next year: Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.

Because when it comes down to either a Bane mercenary, who is sick of the atrocities, or the final judgment by God, your money will not save you.

Your money will burn.

It’s up to you what rises from the smoke and ashes.

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