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One of our readers, addressed as Kim Shinkoskey, in Utah, sent me a message, italics, below:
Personal responsibility a thing of the past
When I think of the basic social problem in America, it is standing by and waiting for someone else, some professional or government agency, to fix the problem. The fundamental fix is to take personal responsibility for others right now with what you already know and can do. That holds true not just in disaster situations, but with crime, education, social services, housing, unemployment, and many other things.
That’s what people in a democratic government are required to do if they want to live free lives. They must raise one another up right now today like they are family. That is why democracy decentralizes power from national to state, and from state to county and city, and from city to school and neighborhood and homes. That is why the powers that be give wide discretion to parents to direct their children’s upbringing. When children are of legal age, they still need plenty of supervision and guidance and they are not getting it today, except from advertisers.
Today, since our people have forgotten how democracy works, they pass the buck to some politician or business leader or professional agency who might promise to fix the problem, but never will. Politicians love for the people to give up on their God-given and Constitution-given responsibility to govern their immediate communities. Even workplaces must make room for employees to help run the place, and unions to help employees.
Our ancestors spread far apart from each other across the hills, and plains, and riverbeds of this country. With no one else around to make things happen for them, they started their own businesses (often farms), schooled their children themselves, took charge of religious or ethical instruction under their own roofs, participated in citizen policing activities in the town and county, opened their homes to vagabonds, vagrants, workers in need of housing, widows, single mothers, orphans, immigrants. They acted like kings and queens, governors, health care practitioners, educators, correctional officers, legislators, judges, and police chiefs.
They found out they could do all those things with their own native ability. What’s more, their own parents taught them those things were the responsibility of citizens like themselves, not always tax-gobbling governments.
Social services were once the responsibility of families, churches, schools, and businesses. Gradually social services were turned over to towns, then counties, then states, and finally the federal government. We even seem to want NATO and other global agencies we participate in like the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and soon possibly a Universal Dictator of all Mankind to tie our shoe-laces for us. Sound like a good idea to you? Not to me.
Kimball Shinkoskey is a public health educator and historian.
My response to Kim or Kimball Shinkoskey, in bold italics, below:
*The number of unemployed Americans is currently down and approaching the numbers seen before the pandemic. Current unemployment rate, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is 3.6%. That is very low.
It’s a powerful lesson that Oprah says she learned as a young girl: If you want to move forward in life, you have to make it happen for yourself. Watch Oprah share her story, in the video published on Oct 21, 2011, “Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life | Oprah’s Lifeclass| Oprah Winfrey Network“, below:
“Why are some people changing for the better, while others are changing for the worst?” Charlie Johnson shares how he discovered the power of self-accountability and how to push forward no matter the obstacles, in the video published on Jan 9, 2018, “Check Yourself – Accountability | Charlie Johnson | TEDxNormal“, below:
Personal responsibility. Who wants to hear about that? Well, you do… if you want to have any chance at health, wealth, and happiness. Author, musician, and podcaster Zuby explains exactly why, in the video “Personal Responsibility: The Ultimate Freedom“, below:
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