(An In Your Face Satire)
It is my observation that today’s culture lacks many key qualities that promote personal success. There is a group of people in our society that would rather blame, point fingers, and push for nonsensical rhetoric to fit an agenda than to work at actually becoming successful in life. What’s worse is people buy into this rhetoric and become more of the problem rather than the solution. The most impactful issue that we have in our society and culture right now is the lack of responsibility. This has been a growing problem for many years, and we are starting to see the significant repercussion of not holding others or ourselves accountable for choices that are made. In other words, taking responsibility is a foreign idea.
Our society wants to blame race, history, sexuality, and other nonsense on the lack of personal success. People in our society say that they are hindered from being more successful because of the “oppression” they feel on a daily basis. What’s really being communicated is people are getting their feelings hurt because the expectations that they must meet to be successful is too difficult. Instead of realizing that everyone has the same choices in their life, these people want to blame the system for their failures. Again, they don’t want to take responsibility for their life, their choices, or their actions.
Since people want to start throwing out the idea that the system is keeping them from becoming successful, I want to throw out my own theory as to why people are not as successful as they could be. Let me introduce you to the Critical Responsibility Theory.
There is a common misconception floating around society that says there is some outside force that keeps us from obtaining success or living a better life. These outside forces oppress people and force them to live less fulfilling lives. Again, this is a common misconception that is being pushed in our culture and society. Here is the truth, if you live in the United States of America, and the current year is 2021, the only oppression that is happening is whatever you put on yourself. Success is dependent upon three things (I recommend grabbing a pen and paper and writing down these novel ideas):
- Hard Work
I know, sounds like common sense, but these are novel ideas that seem to have been forgotten. What’s more is these three concepts are dependent upon one thing and one thing only…YOU! People get so upset when their lazy way of life is threatened by people who have work ethic, are disciplined, and take responsibility. Why can’t life be lazy and easy? Cause that’s now how life works. Your success in this life depends on YOU. If you want more money, take responsibility for your life and work for it. If you want to be taken seriously and be respected, take responsibility for your actions and be respectful. If you want to be treated fairly, take responsibility for your words, actions, and choices and do the right thing. You see, our success is not determined by the “system”. Our success is determined by our actions and choices.
If I drew a picture to represent this concept, it would look like a mountain with a person at the bottom. The mountain would be somewhat steep, but definitely not a sheer cliff. The side of the mountain would be difficult to traverse, cause the mountain represents life, and life is difficult to traverse, and the person at the bottom would be YOU, ME, EVERYONE! As we progress in life, the higher up the mountain we get. Along the way we have little plateaus of success; like taking our first steps, riding a bike, getting our first job, earning our first paycheck, buying our first home, getting married, I mean the list goes on and on, but all of these represent little successes in our lives. Oh, and just so we’re clear, the mountain is an endless climb. There is no peak in life. That means success is whatever we want it to be, but like everyone else, we must climb the mountain to reach the next plateau of success.
Want to know what doesn’t work? Whining and complaining that a system is keeping you from climbing the mountain. In fact, if people in society put as much effort in climbing the mountain, taking responsibility, being disciplined, and working hard as they do complaining that the system is against them, they would be a lot farther along than they currently are.
Responsibility is accepting that you are the cause and solution of the matter. As Allanah Hunt states, “It is only when you take responsibility for your life that you discover how powerful you truly are.” But let’s not kid ourselves, whining, complaining, and playing the victim is so much easier, and people get a lot more attention that way; cause deep down, that’s really all these people want…attention. My friend, this attention is not the kind of attention you should be seeking. Take responsibility for your life and do something with it.
As always, stay humble and serve well!