Posted by Craig F. Massie on October 30, 2007 at 12:05:10:
am an American and don't profess to know Ireland enough to criticize on the econimic presperity it has enjoyed these past years but I do have knowledge and experience in what properity can do to a culture and family.
Many here in the U.S. have been spoiled by the ecomonic structure that has endured here for many generations but sad to say it has also decayed the social structure and family values from whence we came. Being a nation of imigrants we had the unique experience in the world of having so many cultures incoporated into our society. However this prosperity we enjoy has eroded those very cultures and values we professed to incourage in the growth of this nation.
I am of Irish and Italian decent and loved to listen the stories my Irish grandparents told of the way of life they once new in Ireland. Take heed or you will loose your culture and values that made Ireland what it is, do not fall into the trap that money and prosperity is the end all and the only way to enjoy life. Buying and having material things does not make a people more humane nor open to outsiders. The U. S. has been on a downward spiral for many, many decades now and it does not look good for the future if we continue to ignore those cultural heritages from where we all came and it is an insult to our forfathers who gave up their family ties to the old countries to come to this so called land of opportunity. They wanted to do better for their families but also they did not expect to give up their histories in the process. Please, for the sake of keeping Ireland the Ireland we foreign decendents were told about and your own decendents there in Ireland, do not let money and prosperity change your culture, heritage and family values because it is just not worth it. The human race has become civilized true but part of that process was to recognize we are all different and we all bring to this world our many cultural backgrounds that is one reason it makes human beings crave the need to learn, explore, grow and evolve into a better being. Do not forget what made the Irish people the friendly outgoing and one of the most admired people on this earth.