License to Survive

In today’s world of politically correct dictates, nanny governments, and the propensity to lawsuits it makes you wonder if you, the individual, have the right to survive on your own terms anymore.

Honestly, I don’t want to be one of those boring, old dinosaurs who laments the good old days. Really I don’t….BUT not so long ago…

Competition was a good thing

Ambition was encouraged

And moving out on your own was expected. Not just by your parents but by yourself. You wanted to make your way in the world. You wanted to prove that you could.

The whole idea used to be that you wanted something and you worked for it. And usually you worked your ass off for it. And people actually admired you for all that hard work and go-getted-ness (nope, I don’t think that’s a word). Nobody but nobody felt sorry for you because you didn’t get a 10 minute break every three hours. Or sick days, or personal days, or paid vacations.

You didn’t need health insurance because you had a family doctor whom you could afford to see because they weren’t required to carry a million dollars in malpractice insurance.

If you were broke or needed more money you took a second job – you did not move back in with mom and dad. You did not go down to get food stamps. You did not panhandle at your local 7-11.

Teenagers were typically able to spell their own names and master basic math. They didn’t need their own cell phone, personal computer, $150 sneakers, Starbuck coffee cards or a personal trainer. They didn’t get chauffered all over hell and creation by their parents – they walked, rode their bikes or took the bus. They were self-reliant.

Now? Now the government, the ACLU, PETA, Al Gore, The Surgeon General, your neighbor, The Guardian, (fill in the blank) tells you what you can and cannot eat, drink, inhale, breathe, think, and believe. We mustn’t think original thoughts, lest someone feel left out. We mustn’t have our own opinions lest someone feel disenfranchised. We mustn’t be ourselves, lest we earn, own, excel, have more than the collective. Competition is bad because then someone loses and that’s not fair. It hurts someone’s feelings. Ambition is bad because you’re sure to use oil or smoke cigarettes, drive a gas-guzzling vehicle, vote Republican or eat junk food because of all the stress – and apparently that affects others adversely. Your children must never be raised by you but be raised by the whole damned village!

I’m asking – are you sick of it? Doesn’t it make you want to scream? Aren’t you tired of asking others for permission to survive? To live your life the way you want to? Believe what you want to believe. Eat food that tastes good? Smoke a cigarette without feeling like a criminal? Are we meece or men? I’m just wondering.
Writer Chick (guest blogger)

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5 thoughts on “License to Survive

  1. I couldn’t agree more-and I’m not that old.Things were different.They were better. It seems the more technology that we have, the less human we are.I’m not quite sure what we’re all striving for anymore.I like your posts.

    Yeah, it kind of makes you wonder if all the technology is meant to distract us from what’s going on in the world.  WC 

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  2. Rules are made for the guidance of wise men and the control of fools, someone one said. However we like to live pretending there is no class system in the west. We have our own ‘royal families’ that have long-lasting dynasties and political clout. If you are not a member of one of those families, you’re probably one of the fools.

    My individual rights end where others’ begin, yes, but it’s come to the point where the majority chooses what is good for all and there is no concept of individual liberty anymore.

    I can’t drink a bottle of scotch and drive around town because I am putting someone else is harm’s way. Makes sense.

    Why do I HAVE to wear a seatbelt? I’m an adult who understand the consequences of that action. My children do not and cannot choose, therefore they must wear one. I have to wear one because the insurance companies’ right to maintain profit seems to trump my personal liberty.

    Great post, lots to think about.

    Great point about the insurance companies. I think you’re right.  WC

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  3. It’s a dog eat dog world and the sooner people realize that the better. The world owes no one a free ride.

    Hopefully, there are still those out there who believe it Fuzz. I wonder if we aren’t raising a generation of robots. The scarey thing is they will be running this world tomorrow. WC

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  4. Yep, the good old days…I will ensure that my daughter CAN count without a calculator, CAN spell without spellcheck and WILL be able to survive in a world gone mad.

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