I can’t take it anymore! If I read/watch/listen to another news program that talks about how our government (Read: Me and any other tax payer) here in the United States should bail out yet another industry I’ll go nuts. I guess I am just so far out of touch that the ideas that seem fundamental and core to me are now “out of date”.
How dare I believe that both government and the private sector should be responsible for their actions. How dare I believe that consequences for your actions should always be accepted. How dare I believe that people should be allowed to succeed or fail based on the merit of their ideas and their ability to effectively implement those ideas. As I said before – These ideas are now “out of date” and are almost an insult to half the population in the United States.
To me it seems that we are weak and becoming weaker all the time. The bar for what is acceptable is constantly being lowered to accommodate those that can’t meet expectations. The consequences for our actions are constantly mitigated so that people won’t “suffer”.
If I tell one of my sons that the pot is hot and not to touch it I hope he will learn from what I say. If he doesn’t listen he burns his hand and in the process learns two lessons. He learns that I care for him enough to tell him how to avoid being hurt, and I guarantee that he finally learns that the pot is hot. Do I want him to burn his hand? Of course not. Bad decisions can/should be painful to endure, but not taking your licks when you make that bad decision is worse. You learn to be weak and you avoid the natural consequences that act as the teacher of life’s valuable lessons. Our society seeks to dodge consequences at every turn and in so doing rewards failure at the expense of the successful.
I feel very strongly that our government and many of our people look for a way out of their problems that bypass responsibility completely. Not every business should be saved. Not every need of the people can and should be paid for by government. Not every painful experience should be avoided. We learn because of mistakes that we make and change because of what we learn. When we are constantly told that what we are doing isn’t wrong and that it isn’t our fault that we are in the position that we find ourselves in then we can’t learn and move forward.
As far as I’m concerned we are headed backwards in a dramatic way, but what do I know?
Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com