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October 18, 2009

The New Selfishness

We have turned the corner.

Maybe the corner had been turned years before but now we can see the corner clearly behind us and oblivion in front of us.

That corner being: Looking out for others is more important than looking out for ourselves and our dependents.

This is the new definition of "selfishness" : Putting the needs and care of yourself and your dependents (those who you are responsible for like your family) first before someone else is now being "selfish".

How did we get here?

How did we get to a point where it is considered "selfish" to look out first for your own needs and well being and those you have responsibility for before trying to care for someone else?
Every day I see people working longer and harder than ever before and still slipping in their ability to care for themselves and their families. Yet these are the same people who are being lambasted for not doing enough to help others.

What are these "others" doing to help themselves?

Few would argue against a helping hand every now and then. I certainly won't.

But there is a big difference between a hand to help you up and an arm to carry you all the time!

So what have these people done to at least reasonable try to avoid needing help?
What are they doing now to ensure they will no longer need help as quickly as possible?

The truth is that in a great many cases the answer is: Nothing!

The hard workers have to support themselves and their own responsibilities and others who just don't think or try as hard. And when the hard workers balk they are called "selfish".

If more people just concerned themselves with how to provide for their own lives and their own families (as was once the norm in this country) we'd be so much better off.

If that means I am "selfish" then be it.

So sue me.

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