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Enlightened Americans - Part Two

Updated on April 26, 2012

The Danger Of Dependence

Enlightened Americans recognize the importance of personal ambition and the desire to succeed and the danger of creating a culture of dependence. When a culture, like a person, becomes dependent on handouts and support, personal ambition and achievement become much less important and necessary and over time the ability and desire to provide for ones self dissipates. Dependence requires reliance on others and over time in a dependent society ambition is replaced by ambivalence.

While Enlightened Americans recognize the need to provide assistance to some who need genuine help to get started, as in the case of education and training, and the need to assist others who maybe facing extremely difficult temporary situations, as in the case of poor employment prospects and layoffs, Enlightened Americans also know that when people are given things instead of working for them, their self-respect and self-esteem suffer and over time they loose the ability to create opportunities for themselves and others.

Enlightened Americans know that for the most part government, no matter the party affiliation, see dependence as just a way to ensure political control and power and deliberately ignore the fact that America is a country founded on and built on the sweat and aspirations of it's private citizens. A country where dreams can and do come true no matter the color of a person's skin or ethnicity, but only with hard work and determination and not a country where handouts lead to anything more than more handouts and more dependence.

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      I absolutely agree. This is one of the problems with our educational system...the concept that nobody should be allowed to fail fosters a community of students who do nothing thus learn nothing because there are no consequences for failure. They go on to become welfare recipients because they have no job skills and on and on it goes.