Sunday, November 21, 2010

Not Absolute

My life is flying by, and I am feeling more and more caught up in the small but rewarding world of family. I am so thankful that we decided to stay in the same school district, even though it really limited our options for a new place. The girls' friendships with fellow students continue to grow and develop, and it would have been hard for them to start with a new bunch of kids this year. I think those who are natural extroverts and who make friends easily might find this hard to understand, but from the perspective of my husband and myself, this was the right choice.

I'm trying to be more active in the girls' schools this year. Signed up for the local PTA and was horrified to get an "advocacy alert" for a Congressional bill, with which I don't even agree! Our local PTA is part of some large email client, and the national PTA seems to want to use us for its agenda. Laura is also not a fan of the national PTA. When did this become a top-heavy, self-important organization, and not just some moms passing out candy canes at the Christmas holiday party?

As you might guess, I really hate this push for everything to be centralized and bureaucrat-ized. My guess at the reason is for the accumulation of power. Think about how much more "important" one would feel as the head of a national organization, telling people how to vote and making them fill out useless forms? At times it does sound nice to have the perks and privileges of the influential. A private jet instead of getting groped by the TSA is appealing at the moment, for example. Thinking about it, though, I don't know that I would be any happier in the long run. I can't imagine the climb to get and maintain power would help my soul. It wouldn't improve my relationships, which to me are what life is all about. How many people think beyond what will get them ahead today, though? How many people have gotten to the top and jumped off in despair?


Dana said...

Organizations take on a life of their own once they have enough power to actually make a difference. Sad state of affairs. :(

Karen said...

Not wanting to start something, but I wanted to let you know that some of the fundraising money from my local PTA goes to support Planned Parenthood. I don't know if it is a national or local thing.

I hate how organizations that begin with good intentions, like providing new equipment for the local school, ends up a political machine. It's so difficult to find organizations that I can support that don't also fund or promote something that offends me. Such is life this side of heaven.

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Karen, I'm glad you told me that. I'll have to look into it. *sigh* All I wanted to do was help my daughter's school and meet some other moms.