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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Don't Blame Others For Your Own Choices! Take Responsibility For Yourself.

I freely and openly admit that I am a social liberal and an advocate for social programs that may help people. However, I also believe that people make choices in this world that have a dramatic impact on their personal lives. All too often, I have heard people try to blame society and/or other persons for their situation in life. That is a total copout. People need to take responsibilty for their own actions and the choices they voluntarily make in life decisions.

I hasten to add that I do not include those situations in which one is forced to do something against their own free will, such as James Meeker alleged of me when he responded to my posting the above meme on my Facebook Wall. This is what James Meeker wrote in response to my FB posting of the meme:
"Okay, why don't you choose to be a billionaire? Prove me wrong and do it.
Furthermore, if it's only about choice, why did so many blacks choose to be slaves in the 18th century? What a terrible choice that was! They must have been stupid, right?!
And all those Jews that chose to march into the extermination camps. What a dumb choice!
Sorry, but I don't buy into this FOX News, neoliberal, Republican sounding crap."
If by chance you have an account with Facebook, you may see the entire Facebook exchange on the subject by clicking over here.

While I realize that social conditions may be an impediment to improving one's situation in life, I am also a firm believer that people may make life decisions that may be a catalyst to improve their situation in life. What about the willingness to deprive oneself of luxuries in order to obtain and maintain the necessities? What about setting goals? And, how about taking whatever hard work may be neccesary in order to reach those goals? Do the words initiative and motivation mean anything? People need to take responsibility for their own life choices and quit blaming others for their own personal shortcomings.


CWMartin said...

That dude had a very ignorant response INHO. Your life, whatever your circumstances, is what you make of it. If everyone had a 50/50 chance of being a billionaire, he'd probably complain about whether one could sprout wings from their butt and fly away. Long story short, some people just will not be MADE happy. Life is, for them, an undeniable crap fest which everyone must share. Which is too bad, since so many like that have rejected their chance at a happy afterlife.

dalepertcheck said...

Here's a couple of quotes from Winston Churchill which seem to be apropos: "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." AND..."I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."
All four of my grandparents left Eastern Europe to escape terrorism and gain freedom. Some could not leave. Many died trying. Few in America face such harsh conditions that they cannot find opportunity in their personal difficulties.
I know a man named Roland who overcame the types of difficulties which destroyed others in order to seize opportunities and succeed. It can be done.