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America's Choice: Learned Helplessness or Earned Opportunity

floridahank Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 9:21 AM
Maybe it started around the time of the Sexual Revolution -- but it seems like putting the emphasis on self, pleasure or just anti-establishment belief system changed our outlook from that of the Founding Fathers to reliance on Govt. caring for everything. And our public school system totally removed any views of how America was created and grew. Today the ignorance of our children is deplorable and continues to get worse. Reading the histories of most great countries in history, there are symptoms that we're nearing the position of our own decline and fall. I don't see any positive factors that will prevent us from joining that lost group of countries.
Arley2 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 1:43 PM
Good post Hank.

There's a lot of value in having to struggle as most of the generations before us struggled to improve their lives. In some respects the more recent couple of generations have not had to struggle much, in part because the economy was experiencing a 20 plus year boom; and in part because their parents tried to "protect" their kids from the struggles they went through themselves. So kids got what they wanted without much work or effort and began to feel entitled.

That last representation certainly does NOT describe everyone, but there are enough "entitled" folks to make us wonder what the hell happened to self reliance and individual responsibility.

If Alexis de Tocqueville were to have written Democracy in America today, he might have shared an entirely different perception of America. He would have found too many of our citizens suffering from the depression of our age--"Learned helplessness." Rather than believing that they have what it takes to invent their own future and claiming the mantle of self-reliance and earned opportunity that made America great, they look to government for support.

America was built on "inalienable," God-given rights that for the first time in recorded history affirmed that all men are created equal. An individual's fate was not determined...