The Place To Begin Is Everywhere; The Interwoven Fibers of American Life; U.S. Median Age

By September 30th, 2013

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It is good that America as a nation and that most Americans as a people have boundless energy. In certain respects it is intimidating, even frustrating, knowing (without or without any display of public admission) that for the renewal of American life, the place to begin is everywhere. But even before we get to “everywhere,” we must begin by knowing who we are, what we are, what we have, what has (already) been achieved, and what is really left to address. Each of these questions must be addressed in the context of the many interwoven fibers of our American life— demographics, business and commerce, employment and income and wealth, government and governance, politics and elections, crime and punishment, housing and education, ethics and morality, health and health care, and society and culture.

Each of these subjects arguably deserves its own book of facts. However, any such series of thick tomes ignores the reality of the speed of American life, the impatience of the American reader, and the sometimes limited degrees of interest Americans have in these subjects. Furthermore, most Americans are not in the mood for long paragraphs. We are tired of minutiae detail. Instead, it is time for both our needs and our desires to align.

Over the last five years and in the course of writing both of my first two books (The Relevance of Reason – Business and Politics (Vol 1) and Society and Culture (Vol 2)), I was consistently surprised and frequently pleased to learn the factual details about the state of Current America. I found that many aspects of Current America are at great deviance from the dark gray, pessimistic, and even alarmist drone of many — but not all — American politicians and commentators. While America’s problems are many, in most cases, they are readily identifiable and, with patience and resolve, surmountable. I found that in many instances America’s successes (and in some cases its continued preeminence) have been too frequently lost in the mix and buried in the headlines. And while much remains to be done, we can get there. We can get better. We can do better. We can reclaim lost ground. We can again re-direct our path. But, to reiterate, to near ad nauseum, the place to begin is to know our own country — as thoroughly and as widely as possible. Due to the complexity of both our society and its problems, it is no just longer enough to know our country only through the prism of our own perspective which, in turn, is inevitably dictated by our age, generational association, employment, level of income or wealth, race or ethnicity, geographic place or region of our residence, hobbies or interests, religion, or level of education. Instead, we must know — to the near fullest extent possible — America — from Dutch Harbor to Key West.

Adapted from The Relevance of Reason – Business and Politics, p. 8-9, and  Society and Culture– pp. 8-9.

 

FACT OF THE DATE

U.S. Median Age and States With Highest and Lowest Median Age

The median age in the United States is 37.2 years of age. The five states with the highest and lowest median age are as follows:

Five States With Highest Median Age             Five States With Lowest Median Age

Maine                     42.7 years                                            Utah                  29.2 years

Vermont                41.5 years                                             Texas                33.6 years

West Virginia       41.3 years                                             Alaska              33.8 years

New Hampshire   41.1 years                                             Idaho                34.6 years

Florida                    40.7 years                                           California         35.2 years

The Relevance of Reason – Society and Culture, p. 113, citing the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

 

 

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