Source of No Responsibility
Since it is now early on Sunday morning, I better hustle to get in the blog I promised last week.
So, compared to the softball blog last week, Musings on the 2012 Election, this one will be a little more controversial. So lets establish some ground rules before getting into the meat of the subject:
- Is this my own personal viewpoint? Yes, it is. But we should look at it as simply data or information for you, the reader, to assimilate and consider.
- In no way am I trying to force my personal viewpoint onto you. What is true for you is true. My reality may be different than yours, and that is OK with me.
- Truth is discoverable within a scale; not arbitrarily from fixed ideas or absolutes, like “Thou shalt (not) …”.
With these rules established, I should be at liberty to express freely my viewpoints on the subject of responsibility. You can look at responsibility as a scale. By scale I mean something that is measurable. So, for example, if we look at the scale, we can envision total responsibility for one’s condition in life at the top of the scale (ex. I am totally responsibility for my health), and no responsibility at the bottom of the scale (ex. someone or something else is responsible for my bad luck, poverty, bad health, etc.). Naturally, the top of the scale is “good”, and the bottom is “bad”.
Therefore, if we can all agree upon the concept of the responsibility scale, then we have a basis from which we can look at some data related to responsibility and make a judgement about where it fits on the scale. Take the concept of socialism, for example. Where would it fit on the responsibility scale? Is it higher in the band of taking personal responsibility or is it more in the band of no responsibility? Based upon your own experiences in life, you can make your own decision about that.
It seems that based upon the most recent election, the country is moving more towards socialism. Is that higher or lower on the responsibility scale?
With the setup in place, we can now move into the more controversial subject matter for this blog. What is the source of the country’s bent towards a more no responsibility viewpoint on life? If we go by our responsibility scale, this is not a good societal trend. Certainly, the previous generation, the World War II generation, America’s finest generation, did not, and would not accept socialism. They were much more of a “can do” generation than the next generation, of which I am a member. It was, after all, the generation that subdued the madman Hitler; that sent a man to the moon;
Why is that?
I will now tell a story about myself. I have experienced this first hand, so it is real and true for me. I am recovering from a life-threatening disease. During the course of this struggle, I have gone down and up the responsibility scale. The basic basic of all living things is SURVIVAL! When you are threatened with the end of your life, your SURVIVAL! instinct kicks in big time. There are two types of SURVIVAL! instincts. The first instinct is physical SURVIVAL!, which involves employing medical technology to take whatever action is necessary to keep the body alive. Then there is spiritual SURVIVAL!, which kicks in when the mind is threatened. Think about this concept. When the body is threatened, the mind is still active and can figure out how to SURVIVE. Personal responsible is still in place. However, when the mind is in a drug haze, it is threatened. So you reach out anywhere for help. This is a lessening of personal responsibility. Instead of looking to yourself to SURVIVE, you look to other people or things. So for example, national healthcare shifts responsibility from the individual to the State. It’s a no responsibility condition.
It should be fairly obvious by now that based upon my own personal experience, that I am a conservative guy. Based upon your own life experiences you may have drawn a different conclusion. But wherever you stand in the political sprectrum, I respect your own conclusion. You have a different set of life experiences than me. So naturally, your own conclusions will differ from mine.
What is true for you is true. And the highest form of ethics and integrity is to be true to yourself. This is why it’s important to adopt what I will call the “learning” attitude towards life. Always being open to new concepts and ideas (of which this article is likely an example), take it in and store it away and then either accept and reject it. If you operate in a rigid or absolute manner, then you are not open to new ideas and concepts. This is not the “learning” attitude, but you operate instead within the “fixed idea” realm of living. Gets you into a lot of trouble in life. My advice to you is to adopt the “learning” attitude towards life; what I am really saying is to adopt the attitude of:
Be willing to look at and consider another’s viewpoint
This doesn’t mean that you robotically accept another’s opinion. Instead, you take it in and store it away as data and consider it. Based upon your own life experiences, you could find a snippet (or more) that matches your own conclusions and then adopt it as true for you.
Just think how different government would be if executive, congressional and senatorial members of government would adopt that attitude. Instead, what do we see? Democrats and Republicans alike digging in their heels, refusing to look at the other’s viewpoint, and thereby work out a compromise so that the country can begin to move forward once again.
OK, so I have been beating around the bush instead of keeping on topic. So I promise now to address the subject of this article. That is, what is the source of no responsibility? When I was wheeled into the operating room, I was naturally pumped full of some anesthesia, which was followed by morphine, anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory and God knows what other drugs were pumped into my body. My attitude changed while trying to sift through the drug haze I found myself in. You see? My mind was now threatened, and I therefore became quite liberal in my thinking, reaching out for any help others could provide me in order to SURVIVE. Now, as the drugs have worn off, I am back to where I was before this started. I’m my old conservative self again.
Based upon this data, I drew the following conclusion. Is it not the wide-spread use of drugs by my generation that is the culprit that has transformed us away from the ideals of my parents and America’s finest generation, the World War II generation? That’s the conclusion I drew, and adopted as true for me.
Based upon your own life experience, what would be your conclusion?