We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"We created a group of self-entitled monsters." Hey youths, this is for you. Hey, OWSers, this is for you, too. Adam Carolla tells it like it is (language not entirely SFW, and h/t, SDA):
"Life is difficult." That book did me a lot of good, a few years ago. Got me into a little therapy, changed my life for the better, helped me realize that I was my biggest obstacle in getting on with life. Corny as it sounds, that empowered me. Shrink told me that there was nothing wrong with me except for being a "blaming and excuse-making a-hole" and I had to get my shit together, quit blaming and making self-flattering excuses, and take charge of my life like an adult who was willing to deal with reality instead of fantasies. Mean SOB was spot on. That's why I am, at present, having a very good life in New York City.
It is also why I don't do the morning posts here anymore. I am grandfathered in, to post whatever I want, whenever I want.
Yep, plain enough we're reaping what we've sowed over the past several generations.
I can see some truth in what they are protesting for, but, introspection would be better than their outward display.
Sure, Big Business (unable to realize killing the golden goose doesn't end well) and Politicians ("Hey, do we really want some Republican sitting the Kennedy seat?") , along with a bloated bureaucracy ($1200 hammers are the tip of the iceberg) are only the coals of the fire; there is ample blame to fuel the flames these misguided youngin's are crowing about.
Ah, yes, the loser older boomer idea of not raising their kids in the real world. Self esteem, mommy or daddy make it all better, only they didn't want to be bothered to raise the kid.
About 10 years ago, I was in a Myers Brigg "training" class. We got our results then the trainer would divide people up by traits and have a little exercise to demonstrate how people of different traits solved the problem.
Well, in one problem, we had little league team going to an exhibition in Japan but we could only take part of the team. Our job was to figure out how we decide who gets to go. A couple older guys in my group (I make the cut as a late boomer) were adamant that the only solution was to find a way to take them all. They couldn't even face the reality that there are resource limits, in a theoretical exercise. Their only conceivable solution was the James T. Kirk cheat for the Kobayashi Maru scenario in Star Trek. Just reprogram reality to give yourself an out.
Trying to explain that even if the "exercise" permitted this, reality didn't alway have such a solution. When I commented that they had to learn sometime, I was assailed that it didn't have to be then. I guess it has to be now then?
Trying to explain that even if the "exercise" permitted this, reality didn't always have such a solution was futile. When I commented that the kids had to learn that things weren't always fair sometime, I was assailed that it didn't have to be then. I guess it has to be now then?
I met Adam a couple of times when I co-hosted a weekend mortgage/real estate radio show in LA on the same station he was on. Surprisingly quiet when the spotlight was off. Really decent guy you could have a beer with and talk about nothing in particular and enjoy it.