Friday, February 14, 2020
Do You Live in Fort Stepford?
I considered naming the Fort after the Ohio city that threw two retired veterans in jail for not painting their home. The heartless city officials were ungrateful for the fact that the veterans were willing to risk all of their tomorrows so the city officials could have their todays.
The veterans didn't know they were living in Fort Stepford. The fictional city of Stepford is the home of robotic wives. A Fort Stepford city is a city where government martinets try to force rigid adherence to the city's military like regulations. City codes define the condition a resident owner's house and yard must be in to avoid a fine. or worse. If you have an old car you want to fix "someday" you will need a garage to keep it in because you can't keep an old car in your yard in Fort Stepford.
Fort Stepford cities don't care about people. Fort Stepford cities don't care if people are happy. Fort Stepford cities only care about appearances. Fort Stepford cities don't care if people have a place to live as long as houses are "neat and pretty". Fort Stepford cities don't care if people have enough to eat as long as houses are properly painted.
People friendly cities recognize a house can only be a home if the house and yard serve the personality and interests of the resident owner. People ..have to conform to an employer's behavior standards at work. Home is where they can be themselves. Adults and children can play with their "toys" and keep a toy in the yard even if the "toy" is a 1956 Chevy.