Surrender Self-Responsibility, And We Surrender Freedom…
There’s a war going on and it’s not the war on terror nor the war on climate change. It’s much more subtle as it isn’t a war of bullets, bombs and grenades, nor is it a war of scientific prognoses and environmental protections. No, it’s a war of a different kind; it’s a war on an attitude that once destroyed will jeopardize life as we know it. It’s a war on self-responsibility.
Self-responsibility, that trait of free-thinking people everywhere, is gradually disappearing. With each day, people discard their freedom heralded by a sense of self-responsibility and substitute it for one of servitude. They substitute it with the mirage of “something for nothing.” Shameful or not, aware or not, the philosophy of “free lunch” reigns supreme, and after all, who doesn’t like a free lunch?
This ubiquitous attitude isn’t the fault of any individual or group because we’re all in on the ruse. It’s a ruse because there’s no such thing as a “free lunch” – never has been and never will be. And yet to our freedom’s detriment, politicians, governments and media alike propagate that there is. Politicians on the campaign trail promise it; governments thrive on it, and the media spew it.
Little do we realize that with each tax dollar spent, each government program and regulation implemented, freedom is lost. When we look upon others to pay, we surrender self-responsibility, and when we surrender self-responsibility, we surrender freedom. No longer the arbiters of our fate, we place destiny into the palms of desk-bound bureaucrats buried within cubicle jungles at the bottom of long corridors. It’s they who become the “guardians” of our lives.
In a world of government largesse, value is destroyed (see Are You Value-Oriented?). Who needs to bring value when government supports all? Why bother with hard work when results don’t matter? And as “something for nothing” permeates society, those that actually pay fall wayside. With ever-increasing workload, they too flinch and adopt the mirage of “something for nothing.”
American musician Bob Dylan (1941-Present) said that “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”
To that may we add that a hero is someone who understands to take action on that responsibility, and in doing so helps to create a society of self-responsible people. For without them, no society can long remain free…
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