Ignorance

Be it a social disorder, an educational failing or alcohol and drug induced, I really feel like I have tolerated all the ignorance that I can stomach. I know the internet is the largest, multilingual forum of ignorance ever assembled but I still feel the need to vent here just for the simple fact that I can. People live their lives, born and raised with an entitlement issue. They think that they have a right to do anything other than breathe and fight for survival when the truth is, beyond those two basic rights, everything else is a manufactured luxury. Some of us are fortunate enough (self included) to live in societies and regions where they can regularly have food, shelter, medical treatment and education as well as civil liberties and rights. Others aren’t. Rather than trying to be thankful for these privileges, to share them when they can, people take advantage of them.

Whether it is something as big as taking away a person’s ability to provide for themselves and their families in a physical or financial sense or just suckling off the withering teet of welfare because they choose not to contribute to society, people seem to be becoming more entitled without actually having any entitlement at all. People act as if they can do whatever they want, consequence free, and then blame their failings and hardships (caused by their own reckless and selfish actions) on those who work to provide for society at large. To add to this, we have created governments and interest groups that not only cater to this mentality but try on a regular basis to create a nanny state that will take care of everyone who has this butt hurt disease that keeps them from contributing. This, of course, is bank rolled by the millions of hard working citizens who pay their taxes, give their “fair share” and contribute in dozens of other ways either willingly or unwillingly.

Of course, no one place in the world is any better than the USA. For all the short comings here, you will not find the same blending together of personal liberties and cultural diversities anywhere else on this planet. So what, then, is the solution? In an ideal world, anyone who can physically handle work, be it sweeping streets or managing a financial empire, should be employed and working either in the “private sector” or some arm of the government responsible for civil infrastructure. But, after generations of welfare and entitlement, more and more people are finding it easier to just do nothing and let someone else take care of them. They blame their problems on corporations, government agencies, law enforcement and judicial system without ever taking a look at themselves and their lives to see if, perhaps, they might actually be the only thing holding themselves back from happiness and success.

I don’t know, maybe I’m expecting too much? Maybe asking the able bodied to stand up and work for something greater than themselves is unrealistic. From an evolutionary stand point, these societal Morays are living the Darwinian dream: survival of the fittest. They have found a way to maximize their longevity and procreational ability while minimizing the effort and risk it takes to sustain themselves. Maybe the real problem is the working class, the proletariat and plebeian castes that continue to struggle for their daily bread when they could stand by and wait for someone else to feed them?

I really should avoid the news and social media. Neither provides accurate, honest information from intelligent people. One hyperbolizes and sensationalizes everything it touches while the other filters out only the most incompetent strands of information and refines them into a frenzy of grammatical and logical errors. People always seem to have an opinion (be it ill formed or not) but no one ever has the courage to stand up, write up a solution and implement it.

Sometimes I wonder if our ancestors made the right choice when they climbed out of the trees?

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About Danno

Dan Lee is a horror fiction fiend, freelance writer and photographer living in the outer edge of a large, southern metropolis. His stories, articles, and photos have been featured in several ‘zines and websites and his fiction and other prose continues to be developed through this blog.
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