Monday, July 20, 2009

What Happened to America?


Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. That event inspired America and heightened pride in our country. Years after, I painted an imaginary "Earth Rising" inspired by the photograph of the earth taken by astronauts perched high above on the moon. Of course, the moon does not have water, but artists and writers have vivid and, often, romantic imaginations. America was on top then as a world power. Other nations looked up to us. Now, we appear to be on a decline. As a writer, I wonder, what happened to America? Why has our world image changed so drastically? What can we, as writers, do to turn America back toward its former glory?

Mary Montague Sikes
www.marymontaguesikes.com

2 comments:

F. M. Meredith, author said...

Most nations do not like us--but I'm not sure they ever did.

Unfortunately, our own citizens aren't as patriotic as they used to be either.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Monti said...

Marilyn,

They don't like us, but, now, I think there are more nations than ever before that dislike us. It's strange because we do a lot of good things for people of other countries. I've written a lot of freelance articles about doctors going to help in other countries. Then, there are the baseball players, like Albert Pujols who goes every year back to the Dominican Republic to bring dental care and much more to those people in need. Maybe they just expect us to help them and don't like us because we do.

Thanks for commenting!

Monti