Remember, the three Russians and the Bulgarian visiting us? No joke!
It was a good time ... the Bulgarian is home by now, and the three Russians are at their hotel and then in for a bit more travel before heading home.
If you can't travel, have some guests from other countries - there's always so much to learn.
We rode the train with them, and they were surprised to hear that it wasn't free for students and seniors.
Moscow's subway system is huge and works well, they said. And it's free for students and seniors.
Well, that's socialism for ya'.
And I thought:
Is that so evil?
Is that so wrong?
As a nation, we could do so much more for one another ... to boost life-quality ... to ensure a stable society ... to lift people out of the terrors of poverty ... give a little more health to each other ... better schools, transportation, housing ... we could do that, and more, if we wanted, and still there'd be plenty leftover for the top dogs.
The rich, of course, hate the idea, and keep telling us that we can't have free-riders and welfare queens robbing us.
They preach the message of scarcity, that somewhere someone undeserving will get something that doesn't belong to them, by taking it from us, who, of course, deserve it.
So we look at one another with a competitive eye, suspicious thoughts, and outright condemnation sometimes. After all, there isn't enough to go around, so we gotta fight for it, and there have to be losers, then, and that's okay, because the rich tell us so.
But the rich have it wrong, and I can only hope that in time, this nation will get it right.