|What we Deserve. Are we "Worth it"?
||[Oct. 4th, 2008|09:26 am]
I've been thinking about the attitude of entitlement that is so prevalent in American culture today.
I'd like to thank my forefathers, and all veterans for their efforts. Now I can whine online, on a comfy couch, about my petty little problems while I have a safe and cushy life. One of the more luxurious lives in the world. In fact, our poor have more than the rich in many other countries. Have you even seen the "normal" people in Mexico? The size of their houses. I've seen freshly pressed people working their BUTTS off walk out of what looks like nothing but a run down hut to me. Ready for a day of work. I make more in an hour than they will make in 10 days. Yet, what? Because of pain I have the right to complain all day or be jealous because someone else has more?
"The life we deserve"
"You are worth it"
These phrases tap deep into this part of our brain that I think is human nature. That our value somehow lies in material things and that we all deserve the best. We don't ever speak the part that it implies, that we deserve it and "they" do not, or at least we deserve it more. We don't begrudge "them" for having it, so long as they don't take that which "we" deserve. I don't think it's an American thing. I think it's a human thing. A survival thing. A part of our true history before we had countries. A reminder that we are walking hairless apes.
"You are a beautiful unique butterfly" Really? Why? What do you contribute to the world? What do you DO? What is made better because of your existence. See, now I'll be flamed because I've stepped on your "God given" right. You right by birth to deserve just because you exist.
Are you deserving? What are you doing to earn it? I love this country. I do. I also fear for the future of this country. We will lose all that we have when we aren't willing to earn it anymore. Work ethic and innovation are the real foundation of our country. Without it, other countries will deserve it more. They will come take it. I have no guilt for being American. I have no guilt for enjoying the rewards of hard work. I don't have that "wealth guilt" because I've been dirt poor too. I'm not some sort of right winger who feels that anyone who is poor "should have made better choices". I don't believe money is all that matters. I just want to know that the work ethic in our country isn't replaced by the entitled illusions of a bunch of spoiled pansies we've raised to believe they are all above the rest of the world by birthright.