Sunday, June 27, 2010

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?


Who Is Responsible? That is often a question used to pass the blame to someone else for what we could not, or would not, accept responsibility for.  Everyone today is blaming someone for something, from McDonald’s hot coffee and the foods high calories to the economy collapse being the fault of the credit companies, or the government.  Where does our own accountability come in?
Why is it McDonald’s fault that a child is not eating right when the parents buy it for them? Why is it the credit companies fault when we default because we overbought to begin with? Once when I ask someone this particular question the answer was “Everyone wants the American Dream.” as if that justified them buying something they knew they couldn’t pay for.
I’m not saying I’ve always made the perfect choices myself but I accept the consequences for those decisions and try to do better the next time.  We’ve raised our sons with the same values.  I will agree that the hardest part of being a parent is watching your child make choices with the consequences that follow.  Our sons know we love them and we’re always there for them, however, we’ve taught them to make their own decisions, form their own opinions, and accept the results, good or bad.
There was a study made some time back as to why this generation of young people had not matured. The findings were that they had been sheltered and protected instead of facing the consequences for their own actions.
Another by product of overprotection is that the entitlement mentality. The bailouts the government has recently made has only intensified that ideology. I recently read a book that said a democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor, in 1787 stated “that a democracy would continue to exist until such a time that the voters discover that they can literally vote themselves gifts from the public treasury. From the moment that revelation is made, the majority proceeds to vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits…the final result is that every democracy finally collapses due to loose fiscal policy.” [1]

 
We see this happening today in America. My question is can this be reversed? Is it too late? Yes, if we continue down the same path we will continue to get the same results. My only thought is that the ones who need to change direction don’t seem to think there needs to be a course correction.  They are continuing to blame the problems on others with their answer being to take from those who have worked hard and give to those who think they should have it. Ask Russia how that worked for them.


[1] The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews