I saw that quote earlier this week and thought to myself, "brilliant."
Maybe that's the true crux of the problems of our country. We live in this entitlement culture. We want, want, want... we feel we're "entitled" to the American dream. But it doesn't come free, it doesn't come without hard work-- good old blood, sweat, and tears.
We want the freedom, the liberty-- but we don't want the responsibility that comes with it. It's always someone else's fault when things go wrong. We only seek to take credit for life's successes and the rest of our lives are spent trying to find someone else to blame.
I'm not pointing fingers here, hell I'm just as guilty as the next guy at times. It's what I know after all. When you're surrounded by this "gimme gimme" culture it's hard to keep the walls up and keep it out.
But what price are we paying for all this self-absorption? Wha is the ultimate cost of all of this "entitlement" to freedom without taking responsibility for it?
The trouble is, it's all part of the human condition, the part that we're supposed to overcome on our path to self-actualization or whatever other pop psychology term you choose to use this week. It permeates from our government-- with our congressmen on both sides of the political spectrum so hell-bent on placing blame for everything that goes wrong that neither side is ever making an effort to do right by the people who elected them. It oozes into the media with the pundits and the spin doctors pointing fingers to the left, to the right... no one really providing any answers, no one ever actually discussing the issues... because in the end placing and assigning blame is far easier than actually doing the jobs you're elected or hired to do.
So no responsibility being taken at the highest echelons of our government and our society... we can't really expect responsibilty to be taken at our level either... or can we?
Should we be expecting better of ourselves than we expect of those we elect to represent us? Are WE responsible for their irresponsibility? We keep electing them with their promises that they'll be different and we just keep getting more of the same. What's that old saying-- "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." They've been "Fooling" us over and over again ad nauseum, so I guess... Shame on us.
Congress is a lemon and I want my country back!