The Great American Mantras

  1. “It’s not my fault.”
    There’s a tendency to deny responsibility for your actions and your bad decisions. It’s so convenient to blame someone else for your failures and shortcomings.
  2. “I may be entitled to monetary compensation.”
    In the modern age of litigation, not only do you blame others for your incompetency and lack of judgment, you seek compensation from those whom you have placed blame and expect to reap great rewards for your stupidity.
  3. “I can get the ______ that I deserve.”
    The idea that you deserve things like good credit, cell phones, computers, health-care or whatever is utter nonsense! You don’t deserve anything except what you have worked for, earned or paid for.
  4. “I don’t have to change my lifestyle.”
    The idea that you can change your appearance, your health, your life or anything else without changing what you’re doing is ludicrous. Sure, there are products and procedures that can bring immediate results but for lasting changes, you have to change the behaviors that brought about the problems. It’s called cause and effect.
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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

2 thoughts on “The Great American Mantras”

  1. Closely related to The Great American Mantras is that idea that many American seem to believe that hidden somewhere deep in the fine print of the Constitution, probably in the First Amendment, is the right to NOT be offended. I’ve looked and I can’t find it anywhere.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    On the flip side, the right to offend may be constitutionally protected under the First Amendment since it states that "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; …" which implies freedom of expression through various media. There is plenty of legal precedence for this implied freedom in the federal court system.
    I don’t see anything in the text that protects us from being offended either specifically or by implication. That may be a good thing because if we were constitutionally protected from being offended, a lot of politicians and government officials would be in trouble along with a lot of other people in high places.
    In a free society, people are bound to be offended by something. I see it as a matter of choice. People can’t be offended unless they give their permission so they must choose to be offended. We like to talk about freedom of choice but most seem to be quite content with freedom from choice. Choosing to be offended is easy and requires little if no thought. Other options such as considering, accepting or tolerating other points of view or beliefs require us to think which, as we all know, requires our brains to work.

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