Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Whether the devil made me do it, or it is encoded in my genes, or I'm the victim of poor parenting or an uncaring state that neglected my education, it is still my choice to overeat, overspend, smoke, drink, cheat on my wife, neglect my kids emotionally and financially, be selfish. No external influence makes me do things that I know to be wrong. The defect lies within, and it is not genetic. It is a matter of making choices with my life and accepting responsibility for those choices whether the outcome is good or bad. No "poor me" or "it's someone else's fault" type of thinking flies with me anymore. Maybe I'm just old and cranky, or I call it like it is because I'm not politically correct.
I left Excuseville years ago, and haven't looked back. Yet, all I hear around me are victims and those who want to turn everyone into victims... from the TV news shows to radio to politicians to pop culture everyone is a victim. I'm sick of it. I checked out and tuned out. Yes, it's sad to hear that 25% of those taking the army entrance exam can't solve this equation for x: 2x = 4. It's sad that they failed to get a good education. They'll pay for it the rest of their lives. The resources were available to them, but they did not seize the opportunity. They have no one to blame but the face in the mirror. The sooner they realize this, the sooner they are on the train out of Excuseville and headed toward taking control over their lives, and shaping their own fate.