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Friday, August 24, 2012

Winter is coming....

The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer. 

- Henry Clay

I love the story of the Little Red Hen.  

It is an amazing metaphor for what we truly should be looking for in our current society. 

It is what, "We The People" are missing on the most basic level. 

If you don't remember the story, here is a quick recap for you; 

In the tale, The Little Red Hen finds a grain of wheat, and asks for help from the other farm animals to plant it. However, no animal will help her.

At each stage of the wheat processing; the harvest, the threshing, the milling the wheat into flour, and finally  baking the flour into bread the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she gets no help for her efforts. 

Finally, the hen has finished the process, and asks who will help her eat the bread. All the lazy animals all ask for bread.  Depending on what version of the story you read and what country it has originated from you either see the Hen say that because no one helped her no one but she and her chicks get to eat the bread.  

The other version I read was that since winter had come, and they were hungry, they came and begged the Little Red Hen for bread and she turns them down and they starve to death. The Hen was planning, getting ready and thinking of her chicks first.  

By involving the other farm animals in the process... she was helping them to prepare for their "event".. but they made an awful choice. 

Both endings are a bummer but it re-enforces what we as Americans need to re-learn; 

"If a man will not work, he will not eat. "

How far we have fallen! 

How come we have forgotten that most basic principal? 

How come we have gotten away from the fact that nothing in life is free, we have to work hard!

We messed up big time and have forgotten that God told us we would have to work hard to eat!

We as a nation have turned our eyes from what is important and now rely on the Government to provide for us ... and not to rely on the sweat of our brow and the intelligence in our brains to fill our bellies. 

I ran across this TV commercial the other day and I found it rather appropriate for this particular post.  

At first it looks like a very cute couple approach to a young man who absolutely has no ambition in life.  

What is really is, is an attempt to hawk some very over priced chicken nuggets.   Yes... Yes I know that someone added a bunch of sound effects to it, and quality is bad,  but it is the premise of the commercial that is important.

If you really step back and look at it, you should find it a really discouraging profile of what is taking place in America.   The Parents are actually ok with this lifestyle... this laziness...this slothfulness.  
Yes... I realize that it is done tongue-in-cheek, but really... it does happen that way in America. 

We see it every day.   

Here is an interesting article... Do you see? We as Americans are causing this problem with our kids!  

Now think about this? How many times have you heard of a kid breaking their cell phones?  How many times have you heard kids say..."Well ... I'll just have my parents buy me a new one!"?

Ridiculous huh? 

Let me asking you another question, growing up,  what toy did you treat with the most respect?  

Was it the one that you bought with your own money?  

Or was the one your parents bought you? 

You see we are now seeing a growing epidemic of young people who grow up expecting everything handed to them on a silver platter.  Their food, their clothes, their cell phone.  They work for nothing!

Here is another example, their educations.  As you can see from the cartoon on the right, in the past when you brought home bad grades, well that was your own fault. 

Now it is the fault of the teachers because we feel the need to "protect" our children from anyone who would tell them that they aren't good enough.  The expectation is that we are all special and we should get things handed to us!  

We have been conditioned to it! Our Government does it everyday.  Welfare, TANIF, MEDICAID, HUD... all of it... handouts.  You don't even have make an attempt to work to get these things... walk in... sign on the dotted line and boom goes the dynamite... your dependent on them for everything!

We as a society are no longer teaching our children to own up to their lives and mistakes.

That is crap.

The issue we are seeing is that when we do what we see in the cartoon above it isn't doing anyone any good.   

Because we now expect everything handed to us, your kids grow up to expect that someone will always be there to "nanny" them and give them what they want.   Our kids think that it is ok to live a "jersey shore" life style all while the Government picks up the tab!

We are failing in teaching each other as well as our kids what is important!

Remember, we want to "Teach them to Fish"... not just give the fish and starve tomorrow.

America, we have to start changing what we are doing!

We cannot keep going like this!

Here is another insightful article..."More than 100 Million People on Welfare.."

More than 100 Million People... that is just staggering.

There are are only 311,591,917 people in the United States.  

Even at its most conservative, the percentage almost works out to be 32% of the American population!  And that number may even be lower 
due to lack of data!

To get back to the title of this entry... Winter is coming... and much like the Little Red Hen some of us are preparing for what is coming. 

But many, many of us have not done anything. When "The Event" arrives, those families will suffer!  They can change!  There is time!

You have to be ready for what is coming.  

We are going to see some big events very soon.  

We potentially see the dollar killing QE3 from the Fed, the break up of the Euro by September, a very large potential of a great and terrible war in the middle east, food prices that are going to go through the roof because of the drought ... and a very, very polarizing election that will usher in another very interesting political period in our country!

Parents... don't let your children be lazy!  Teach them!  Work with them!  Stop paying for everything! You're not doing your kids any favors!

Teach them that through their hard work, they will eat and find satisfaction in the simple things in life!  Teach them to be thankful for their lot in life!

The Event is coming!  Be ready!  Don't let Winter be your downfall!



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