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January 7, 2014

Primus Mootry: Looking to the future and focusing on the people

Wow. Last year sure zoomed by. There is no telling how long it will take for us to begin writing “2014” on whatever correspondence we send. Anyway, I think Herald Bulletin reporters did an excellent job providing snapshots of many of the top 2013 events that affect us here in Anderson.

As you may recall, the paper’s Dec. 29 publication summed up major happenings such as the reservoir proposal; local annexation issues; problems that, as far as I know, have been imposed on the medical and staff leadership of the Madison County Community Health Clinic; encouraging news regarding economic growth in the city; as well as other news, good and bad.

It seems to me the bottom line is that Anderson is well along the road toward re-inventing itself. Time will tell. One thing, however, is certain: the city must change or die. This is true of municipalities throughout the country and, in fact, the country as a whole.

Unfortunately, one thing that seems to be holding us back is the necessary tension between moving into an uncertain future and holding on to a comfortable past. I mean “comfortable” in the sense that human beings, I believe, are much more comfortable with the known than the unknown.

This is true even though the “known” may be full of heartache of every description. Did you know, for example, there are people with chronic illnesses who would rather remain ill than get well? This is true even though whatever ails them might readily be cured.

It is a thing called human nature. And, again unfortunately, our basic behaviors and attitudes toward one another have not changed much since the days of the Garden of Eden. We continue to be motivated by greed, jealousy, lust and the thirst for power (disguised as knowledge).

These motivations contribute to behaviors such as arrogance, dishonesty, thievery and murder. Although these may sound like indictments, they are really just observations. Look around you. Have I said anything that is untrue?

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