People will rise up to the expectations that you set for them. Ask any good coach, manager or parent and they will tell you the very same thing. Sometimes athletes, employees and children can’t see the potential that lies within them but someone else can. So the coach, manager or parent inspires and sometimes pushes the individual to aim higher, to be all that they can be. Isn’t that what we’re here for, to be the best that we can be, to become better than the generation before us, to leave this place better than how we found it?
So what happened that a growing number of people think they’re entitled to government hand outs? What happened to honor, pride and self worth in working to provide for yourself and family? Remember when children were raised to become productive members of society, to give more - expect less, to have a sense of honor and integrity in what you do, to take responsibility for your actions, to strive to live up to your full potential and become a self-supporting adult, to ask what you can do for others not what others can do for you, where conning the system or any other entity was shunned, where being self supporting was respected and a badge of honor?
Oh! There are still people like that around however it’s become more acceptable to see what you can get away with than being a responsible adult. What’s in it for me has become more important than what’s best for mankind.
Now this didn’t just happen overnight. It’s been brewing for quite some time. The exact time frame is up for debate. It was likely a combination of events and a mind shift that changed the core essence of what the US was founded on.
It happened slowing, bit by bit, whittling away a parent’s confidence that they needed to bow to the pressure of the so called professionals. Parents feared they were damaging their children if they were too strict or disciplined them too harshly. Worse yet, the children started hearing this type of thinking and used it as emotional blackmail to keep their parent’s from parenting. Some wise parents saw it for what it was while others bowed to their children’s threats and demands. They were afraid they would lose their child’s love but instead they lost their respect. Alas there went the best form of education, setting the example. Let’s not forget that it’s the parents that have the greatest influence in a child’s life.
Now we have a growing number of our society that believes they should be taken care of. Any slight discomfort is cause to blame someone or something else for their own lack of personal responsibility. Hey! It’s easier to blame than actually doing what needs to be done. It’s a cop out. In the long run the person looses out on building their self-esteem and growing as a person. They miss out on feeling good about themselves.
Teaching someone to be responsible is a never ending process. It takes patience and guidance to see it through but the rewards are well worth it. It not only benefits the individual but society as a whole.
My question is, with such a growing number of people believing they are entitled to hand outs, what happens when the number of responsible contributing members of society is outweighed by the entitlement society? Who will provide for what they believe they deserve?
It’s time to raise the expectations of all members of society, to stop asking what the country can do for you but what you can do for your country.