I was listening to a radio talk show this evening as I was coming back from spending a few wonderful hours with some of the grandchildren. The host was trying to make a point about “welfare” and “obamacare” and the “dole mentality”. He asked the women if she had only a certain amount of money for groceries for the month and hot dog and steak were on sale which would she buy. She of course said hotdogs because that is what she could afford. He then asked her if someone else was paying for her groceries what would she buy and she said
“the steak of course”. Of course? Really? The host also seemed to think this was a no brainer.
Just because someone else is paying for your groceries it’s perfectly OK to buy more expensive stuff? It’s appropriate to take advantage of someone who’s trying to help you? It alright to gouge someone who’s coming to your aid, who’s being generous with their surplus because “hey they have more than they need, I should have some too”?
For those who are confused let me clarify. It is NEVER OK to take advantage of someone. It is never right to gouge someone who’s trying to help you. It is never appropriate to take something from someone just because they have more than you do.
The lack of integrity, the lack of self respect, the lack of compassion that this outlines is stunning. We have lost our ability to think of others, to empathize, to understand. Some of us simply want more then they have and if they can’t get it legally and morally they’ll take it from everyone else.
Once upon a time there were standards but I guess that’s all so 20th century. It’s a brave new world, except it isn’t. We pulled ourselves out of the Dark Ages by our bootstraps. We had a rebirth where classical standards and cultural mores harkened back to a higher law. Hopefully we won’t need a plague to bring us to our knees so that we finally can see the depravity we’ve sunk ourselves and our posterity in. Or maybe we already have. Pornography passing as literature in schools, violence and sexuality on display on every channel, violence against women and children on the rise all sound like the plague to me. Of course in the old days you simply died and went on to a better world. Today you stay alive and have to marinate in your sins for quite sometime before getting to the point where you seek to be forgiven and by then it’s usually too late.
This is why were at this junction. This is the time when we either have to put up or shut up. Me, I’ll always “put up” but I’ll never shut up. That could be a good thing or a bad thing.