When did we become a bunch of whiners? I mean, really, when did this happen? I can't remember a time in my life where I've heard so much "I deserve this," "I want that," or "it's not right that I don't have this." Don't get me wrong, I'm all for your esteem driving your sense of deservedness or wants, but where I'm getting lost is the statement made after these sentences. "I deserve this, AND YOU SHOULD PAY FOR THIS."
Is this the most ridiculous thing around right now? There is a feeling that has infested our culture with the belief that not only should we get what we want or feel that we deserve, but that the price of it should be passed on to someone else. "They're better off, they should pay for it." That is the new philosophy. That is the putrid attitude that is driving this mentality. Now obviously I'm speaking in generalities, because there are a great number of people in our great land who work hard, use their ingenuity and creativity and educate themselves to get what they want, need or deserve.
"IT'S NOT FAIR." I've heard this statement waaaaaaay too often lately. Grow up! We heard it many times when we were kids, "Life is not fair." You're not overly happy about it, but you learn to deal with it. "That's the way the ball bounces," "That's the way the cookie crumbles." These are statements we heard when we were growing up, and sometimes the ball bounced our way and sometimes it didn't, and no matter what anybody says to you, "LIFE IS NEVER GOING TO BE FAIR."
The sad thing is that the same people who cry "unfair," and demand something be done about it are the same people who get offended when you give them advice. Out of money, there's a janitor job over there. "HOW DARE YOU INSULT ME BY INSUINATING I SHOULD BELITTLE MYSELF IN TAKING SUCH A MENIAL JOB!" Stop sleeping around and making babies all over the place. "DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!" It's absolutely absurd that so many can get offended when they're told what they can do to get themselves back on their feet, but then turn around and demand others to give them something. It all comes down to this.
When you tell me you're part of the 99%, you're telling me that YOU ARE THE BIGGEST WHINER ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET IN ITS WHOLE HISTORY! What you are in your poverty makes you part of the upper middle class in Europe. We won't even go into Africa because the disparity between what you don't have and what they don't have is so indescribably huge that to try to put it into words would not even come close to doing it justice. All of us in this country are part of the 1%, and if you're truly concerned about what's fair, then you should be doing everything you can to make sure a child in Africa gets a meal today just so that he/she can see another morning.
Our constitution gives us the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You're alive, you're free, and you can pursue as much happiness as you what. Stop whining. Go make something of yourself. Sometimes the cookie will crumble on your table, sometimes on another table. Embrace the advantageous bounces of the ball, and deal with the disadvantageous bounces. We are all blessed in this great land of opportunity. Yes, some more than others, but stop crying and make things happen.