Evolution vs. Devolution (01)

Robert A. HallI’m 63 And I’m Tired!
by Robert A. Hall

I’m 63. And except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs (but job-hunting every day), I’ve worked hard since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America and Canada, while no American nor Canadian group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.

Reposted text from OyiaBrown

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This is just the opening shot in a series that will explore the central issue fueling Hall’s complaint: “I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for themselves.” And while it may seem a bit ‘over the top’ regarding some of the issues he mentions, it none-the-less makes very clear which issues in the current culture most ring his bells. So if he was an environmentalist, for example, and believed strongly in global warming (and the horrors of fossil fuel consumption), his central point would be the same: We badly need to make some changes in our socioeconomic paradigm! And not for him…but for the children we’re leaving behind. See A Sign of The Times for example, which is my little ‘rant’ on the same fundamental issue (self-responsibility)…but with a slightly different point of view.


9 comments on “Evolution vs. Devolution (01)

  1. There’s nothing that can be done about people who don’t take responsibility but does that include us? Are we responsible for shoring up systems and conceptual frameworks that tell some children that they are better than others because of where they come from/what colour they are/how much money they have etc etc etc? Is it all that surprising that these children don’t ever feel they have the ‘rights’ other people have? And if that is the case is it all that surprising that feeling deprived of rights they are reluctant to take responsibility when they grow up?


  2. Personally I think people would be more responsible if they were forced to experience their own lives. There is way too much distance between thinking and doing. Many many kids now live in a virtual bubble. They may think a lot but they do nothing. Nothing. At least nothing that is upright and mobile and ACTUAL.. morning William. missed you.. c


    • “…if they were forced to experience their own lives. There is way too much distance between thinking [or not] and doing.”

      That’s exactly right. Its the difference between directly making a life (as you do), or indirectly ‘earning (or in some cases siphoning) a living,’ as most do. The challenge is to convincingly demonstrate the ‘life-fulfilling’ advantages of the one over the ‘life-sapping’ consequences of the other. Its a contrast that your blog daily, and quite beautifully defines.

      And, yes, it will be a hard ‘sell.’ But well worth the effort if it can be accomplished. Especially when one considers the looming (and potentially catastrophic) consequences that lie ahead, if not.

      P.S. I’ve been quiet, but not missing. Every morning I sit with a cup of coffee and take pleasure reading your daily post. Our ‘situation’ is very similar, as you may know. We’ve goats and kids, sheep and lambs, geese, ducks & chickens, three dogs and a cat, and a 1/2 acre garden planted with everything needed to keep the fridge and pantry well-stocked. Only thing still missing is the bees…but I’m working on it… ;-)


  3. If this is the “opening shot,” what is it that you’re aiming at? Does it somehow relate to your idea of a ‘next step’ in maturity. Just curious. ;-)


    • Ultimately, yes. But there are some lifestyle-oriented steps that need to be taken first. Steps that don’t require anything more than common sense for motivation. For example, people seldom eat before they’re hungry. But once they are, there’s nothing more than that simple desire required to prompt whatever action is necessary to gain satisfaction. In other words, once there’s a desire for change its easier to comprehend what can (or can’t) be done to affect it. Maturity notwithstanding. I think you’ll see what I mean as this thread unfolds. ;-)


  4. While I think there are times when people legitimately need help to get on their feet, I agree that in general, we should all be responsible adults and take charge of our own lives. Personal responsibility is critical in creating/maintaining a free and prosperous culture.
    Love that you have goats! We once had a neighbor who had a goat. Interesting animal! ~ Sheila


  5. The closing line reminded me of Socrates’ last words to the Greeks before he was executed:
    ‘…the time of departure has arrived and we go our ways. You to live, I to die. Which is better, no one knows.’

    I empathise with the gentleman’s thoughts here, even though I have a few decades to go before I enter my 60s.


  6. Me too. I’m tired of ignorance, but I know it’s in my own selfish self interest to help enlighten folks, help them get along, help people stop killin’ each other. I just have to wonder, how on earth did I get here?


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