Blog 2584 11.25.2022
Think You Can Go It Alone, Cowboy? Think Again.
Willie Nelson sings my heroes have always been cowboys. The myth of the American Cowboy is that the lone hero can do it all by himself when the truth is cowboys were always a part of a team working together to achieve their goal of getting a herd of cattle to market. Samuel Colt supposedly said, “God made men, Colt made them equal” referring to his six-shooter. How frustrating it is for so many young would be cowboys to to realize they cannot go it alone, but who still feel forced by unfounded beliefs to continue trying.
I believe that we have a gun problem in this country, but the real underlying root cause of most all of the gun violence in this country is the notion that might makes right. It does not, never has, and never will. A favorite Old Testament verse reads, “Not by might, nor by powers, but by my spirit says the LORD.” Our higher power, the true Creator and Equalizer by his thought, by his word, by his breath or spirit brought into being all there is and keeps it in balance.
“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the LORD.” But still gun toting cowboys feel it is their sworn duty to settle the score. At the risk of repeating myself, it is not, never was, and never will be. Cowboys have a job, punching cows, not each other, working together to get the job done.
A cowboy’s life is a lonely thing. You tell ‘em it Willie. Mothers don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
-Willie Nelson- My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys