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Time for Introspection, but Not Surrender

cletkeman Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 11:41 AM
The word "introspection" in the title caught my eye. If our nation is becoming more of an entitlement society, the question is why? Discussions keep circling around political parties changing their messaging and outreach efforts, but I wonder if we should look no further than our own homes to ask some critical questions. It’s one thing to complain about us becoming a nation that embraces entitlement, but it’s quite another if we are raising our children to be that way. Is it not more effective to change our own behavior, than to try and change the masses? I think we often discuss things as though the problem is “out there”, but perhaps personal introspection would reveal that the solution might be a little closer to home than we think.
Joycey Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 12:01 PM
My parents did not raise one socialist out of 8 and they never even talked politics. They did teach us about hard work and reward and God and the value of human beings as created in the image of God. So worthwhile are we to God that He sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die for our many, many, many sins.
cletkeman Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 12:30 PM
I didn't have enough room to add that I'm not really talking about passing along political rhetoric, but rather I find I'm asking myself questions like... Am I raising my own children to be hard workers? (like your parents taught their children) Do I encourage them to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for someone to offer them? Do I require them to take care of their own “boredom” or do I rush to entertain? Do I require them to take care of themselves, releasing responsibility to them as they are able, or do I do everything for them? Do I require them to demonstrate responsibility before I release privileges? I have to admit that as a parent, I am not always as consistent in these areas as I’d like.
cletkeman Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 12:30 PM
I didn't have enough room to add that I'm not really talking about passing along political rhetoric, but rather I find I'm asking myself questions like... Am I raising my own children to be hard workers? (like your parents taught their children) Do I encourage them to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for someone to offer them? Do I require them to take care of their own “boredom” or do I rush to entertain? Do I require them to take care of themselves, releasing responsibility to them as they are able, or do I do everything for them? Do I require them to demonstrate responsibility before I release privileges? I have to admit that as a parent, I am not always as consistent in these areas as I’d like.

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I received an email from a brilliant conservative friend who wonders whether Republicans can ever win another election and thus whether the nation is forever lost. I ran into a college student at church the Sunday before the election, and despite his strong conservatism and high intelligence, he admitted confusion about the candidates' respective positions after the presidential debates.

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