Guest Blogger The Yolo Cowboy -
It seems that in the last decade or so the idea of following your heart has become the ideal of Hollywood movies and popular culture. No matter the situation or who gets hurt, if you follow your "heart", you will be happy. Growing up in the seventies and eighties, the idea of following the rules, being responsible for your actions and sacrificing your own interests to do what is right seem to go out of fashion.
Why should I have to give up being happy for anything? I don't care if the woman I want is married, why should that stand in the way of my happiness? In my heart,I know we are supposed to be together, so I will get what I want. I don't care that I have a credit score in the 500s, I want a new car, and I will sign anything to get it. An 84 month contract at 18.5% interest? Where do I sign, I can't wait to show this off to my friends.
Take the shortcut, cheat, lie, hooray for me and screw you. Is that our new motto?
Our society is filled with examples and rollmodels that do what ever makes them happy, they have little regard for the lasting effects it will have on others or even themselves. I want what I want, and I want it now. I have a hard time trying to teach this concept to my children. My son who is just entering his teenage years, wants everything, and he wants it today. That is my view of our popular culture today, we are nothing more than children with large amounts of cash or credit. We make foolish choices to satisfy our "hearts" and we don't think about the consequences.
Besides our volunteer millitary and Christian missionaries and some teachers and doctors in poor ares, can you think of other examples of selflessness and sacrifice in America?
Who is setting a good example?
The Yolo Cowboy
My father is an extremely wealthy man, and was long before I was born. I am now 23 years old. I was never given an allowance of more than $3, and I certainly wasn't given one after I was old enough to work. I bought by first car ( and every car since then) with money that I earned. I took out student loans to pay for college that my scholarship didn't cover, worked my way through undergrad to pay for my apartment & bills, and am currently working while I go to med achool. Most of my friends think that the way I was raised was too harsh, that my dad should have given me a break. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. I have learned the value of a dollar ( and how far I can stretch it), and I also love the feeling of pride that I get from accomplishing something that I know I worked hard for. I used to hate it. It pissed me off to see my friends handed everything that they ever wanted. But now, I understand why my father did that. He could have given me everything and thensome, but he chose to make me work for it. I think that's a great gift that he's given me. (Hopefully, I'll feel the same in 2 years when I have over $680,000 in loans to repay...ouch.)
Posted by: Kate on August 3, 2005 01:41 PM