How have we as a society become so lazy over the past thirty years—a country that proclaimed through hard work and loyalty one can live the “American Dream”? Now we are a country that relies on quick fixes, instant gratification, and government handouts. How did we become so pathetic that we really believe our government owes us anything? Pure and unadulterated laziness.
Why should we expect different when we let video games, movies, and mindless activities occupy the lives of our kids? We have allowed new generations of Americans to float through life without having to learn how to work for their own money. I see high school parking lots filled with Corvettes, the new Lexus, BMW’s and the like. They dress in $100 shirts, $200 jeans, and a new pair of shoes with every outfit. Don’t try to tell me these kids have worked to buy themselves these luxuries. Little, if any, never worked a day in their lives. Yet we expect them to move out of their parents’ house, get a job, and be productive citizens for our country in the future. The thought process is ludicrous. All we have done is raised a “me first” generation who has no mental grasp on anything except that money and luxuries bring happiness.
I have seen first hand how the down slide of the economy has devastating effects on the lives of countless people around me. It is horrible to watch good, hard-working people struggle to find jobs in a market that has reached full capacity. On the other hand, it is sickening to see so many people struggling because they live over their means, and have no intention of changing their lifestyle. People left homeless because they needed a $250,000 house and luxury car so their social network would approve of their lifestyle. People struggling and asking for help, while they can still somehow afford to buy the newest outfit and attend the classy clubs. People who complain so much about money, but who can somehow afford to drink at the local bar every day to drown away their sorrows. I have no pity for these individuals because they are the #1 reason why our country is having the problems we are having now. We lust for luxuries.
We, as egocentric Americans, wonder why most of the world hates us. It is because we honestly believe that our lives are hindered by this economy and our country is in turmoil. Get real. Yes, there are people losing their houses, jobs, and lifestyles because of the economic downfall. But we are not living a lifestyle even comparable to the majority of the world’s population. We are still one of the most prosperous countries in the world, with the most opportunity for its citizens, and still have the greatest influence on the global economy. We have clean water, food, and government resources that are incomparable to the rest the world. But we all sit here and moan and complain about how tough life is. Most of us don’t know what tough living really is, and those who do have probably immigrated from elsewhere. Get a grip and do what it is necessary to make ends meet.
How you ask? It is simple, really. LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS. We don’t NEED the nice cars. We don’t NEED the biggest house on the block. We don’t NEED to wear Ed Hardy clothes. Those are luxuries, NOT necessities. You can’t afford your electric bill, stop drinking and save money. You can’t afford your car payment, stop going to movies or shut off your cable. If you can’t afford your cell phone payment, get rid of it or stop going out to eat for every meal. Americans need to get a grip on reality or we might lead ourselves into an overwhelming economic recession or even depression. You think life is tough now? Ask your grandparents or great grandparents and find out how tough life can really be.