Security vs. Freedom/Opportunity
The recent political / legislative moves in our country give a glimpse into the reality of America and Americans. The reality is that more people prefer security over freedom these days, and freedom over opportunity. I believe there are many factors that have contributed to this pursuit of security. Let’s look at a few of them.
First up, the education system, or what Neal Boortz likes to call “government schools”. I believe that the education system, whether intentionally or not, develops employees. Secure jobs, secure employment, these are the pursuits to be desired. These are not bad things, but it does little to help people become entrepreneurs and take risks. Security is the name of the game, not opportunity.
There’s something different when it comes to work ethic of the current generations. My parents took a risk a few decades ago and went into debt in order to start a business. After years of sweat and working long hours, their risk paid off and they had a pretty good business that earned them a nice income. They never “pulled back” however, and still in their 60’s work just as hard. Why? It’s what they know.
Furthermore, my grandparents worked multiple jobs to get by. They never expected more or complained about their situation.
Now, let’s get to my generation. My generation demands a high lifestyle. We demand a nice trendy home, five weeks vacation and free health care. If we have to work more than 40 hours a week, we complain about it. You can see the effects of this mentality with large corporations these days. Work/Life balance programs are in every major corporation. We want people to look out for us, and most of us have no idea what it’s like to really struggle. Just to be clear, I put myself in this category as well.
The Political Scene
If you’ve been living under a rock, we just enacted what is likely to be the biggest new entitlement for Americans in decades. I’m firmly against the legislation, but I don’t blame the politicians (well, some of them I do). For the most part I blame Americans and at the same time, I understand. Americans are different today. As I’ve been saying, they prefer security, and the politicians understand this and are willing to do whatever it takes to give them security, or at least the illusion of security. Out of control deficits? No big deal. Potential currency crisis? I don’t even know what the means so, let someone else figure it out. If I’m a politician, I’m going to give the people what they want and that is security and freebies!
It’s truly astonishing to hear quotes in print and on television of supporters of these government programs gleefully exclaiming that they are no longer going to have to worry about paying for their house/car/health care/education/fill-in-the-blank. They truly believe that the government will take care of them. And, this is their preferred method for moving forward in their lives.
Again, security is the goal. Not freedom. Not opportunity.
Part 2 of this article is coming tomorrow.