…about the world we live in today.
Being an eternal optimist, I had to do some soul-searching to find ten things I really hate about the world. Taking in a news program, the prime time hour and a conversation with a few people, I realized the majority of what I hate is the deplorable way humans treat one another.
These are the top 10 things I hate about our world, in no particular order.
1. Popularity of dishonesty
2. Unbridled avarice
3. Unadulterated sloth
4. Assignment of blame/Lack of personal responsibility
5. Celebration of crime
6. Rewards for mediocrity
7. Entitlement to reward without sacrifice
8. Abandonment of work ethic
9. Failure of parents to raise children to be participating citizens of society
10. Revisionist history
Why I hate them.
(Writer’s note: The term you is not indicative of accusing the reader of these actions, but rather the pronoun chosen to represent society.)
1. Lying is expected. From politicians to job applicants. Now, lying has a name: political correctness. I would much rather everyone just tell the truth.
2. It is ridiculous to have a contract worth $23,000,000 per year, while families struggle to make enough money to keep food on the table and clothes on their children. I could put that much money in my fireplace, and keep my house warm.
3. Unemployment, welfare, disability…where does it stop. Healthy, able-bodied people who choose not to support themselves or their families. Get a job. (This is not a jab at the legitimate claims.)
4. It is your fault. Admit it, apologize, rectify the wrong and do not repeat it.
5. Gangsters and drug dealers are not role models. Charles Manson did not write a parenting guide book. John Gotti should have had to break rocks with a ball peen hammer. Our entertainment is filled with a love affair our society has with crime.
6. You do not “graduate” from the 3rd grade. Not everyone who plays the game deserves a trophy. The reward of a task completed should be sufficient when one does as one is expected. These celebrations make the real standouts feel as though they excelled for no reason.
The nurses, military, support staff and the hard-working are overlooked when they quietly go above and beyond the call of duty, day in and day out.
7. No one owes you anything until you earn it. As children grow up thinking they should be congratulated and rewarded for the tasks they are expected to finish, they become self-righteous, entitled adults who believe the mere fact they graced the job with their countenance should earn them a raise.
8. Punching the time clock does not entitle you to a check. Actually doing your job is what entitles you to a paycheck.
9. Children do not learn life lessons, discipline, values or ethics from school. Parents must be examples of good citizens and upstanding individuals. Children learn more from observation than they ever do from a book.
10. See number 4.
There is a lot of good in this world. These ten are the not good ones I happen to hate. Anyone with me?
© Red Dwyer 2011
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