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Individual Accomplishment VS Learned Helplessness

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

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An accomplishment is something that is taken for granted by many these days.  This is because an accomplishment can only be as big as the task at hand.  The more difficult the task the more capability one must have to accomplish it.  To accomplish something one must have the capability to do what the task requires them to do.  The more complex a task is the more skill and knowledge is required to accomplish it.  Besides skill and knowledge one must have the willingness to dedicate the  time and effort required to complete the task.

The more complex tasks are turned into projects because one person is unable to accomplish it by themselves.  When one was presented with a field that needed to be plowed at one time they simply took a plow into the field and could accomplish the task themselves as long as they knew how to make a plow and were willing to put the time and effort into plow the field.  When a task like landing on the moon was presented it had to become a project because it took many people working on many tasks to accomplish specified goals to accomplish the overall feat of landing on the moon.

To accomplish great things you need people who are dedicated and willing to put in the time and effort required to achieve them.  You need someone who has an idea and those willing to take the financial risk to invest in that idea.  When the idea is backed financially people need to be found who have the knowledge and willingness to do the work for a specified amount of money.  You now have workers accomplishing their goal of getting a paycheck as well as the company reaching their goal of making a profit along with providing goods or services that were not available before the idea became a reality.

The car that you drive and the cell phone you use all started with an idea and tasks needed to be completed before they became a reality.  Many things needed to be accomplished along the way before we were able to turn a key and drive to our grandmothers house or dial a set of numbers to talk to her from 3000 miles away.  The reason your grandmother is still alive could be because of a breakthrough someone had while researching cures for an illness.  There are countless accomplishments that have changed our world for the better over the years and the individual not the government has made them possible.

It is said that “necessity is the mother of all inventions” and that is true at many different levels.  Some inventions may have not been considered a necessity 5000 years ago but today are considered essential.  Lets take your home computer for example.  Your computer is a big part of your life but in reality it is not necessary for you to survive.  But when you look at a computer that is used by doctors or engineers a computer is essential for them to accomplish their goals that may hold someone’s life and death in the balance.  A doctor may use a computer to keep up to date on an outbreak in the area and an engineer may have designed a part for that computer or the vehicle that doctor and many others drive to get to work each day.

Necessity is why you go to work to get a paycheck.  You need to be able to afford food and a place to live and a paycheck provides that for you.  After your have clothe, shelter, food and water you can than choose to build up savings incase you lose your jobs later on down the road.  Once you feel secure you can than use money you earn on things that are not necessary for your survival like a cell phone or a television.  All of the accomplishments that has made our country great has come from people who believed that they not the government know what is best for them.  They took responsibility for themselves and were able to better their lives because they knew what they wanted and had their own goals that they wanted to accomplish.  This is why you have a computer at your home even though it is not necessary for your survival.

Of course ones life has setbacks but when you fail the knowledge that you can pick yourself back up and try again without the government hindering your efforts gives you hope.  You have faith that given time you can not only get back to the point where you were before you fell but to a position that surpasses that point.  Hope for a better day is what has made our country great.  As long as the American people have hope and faith in themselves there is no limit to what our country can accomplish.  Our country did not become great because of anything our government did it became great because of what the individual does in our country.  When you have the power to decide what you need and don’t need, like the computer at your house or cable TV, you are empowered to improve your own situation.

The great accomplishments that were achieved in our country came from the individuals doing more and the government doing less.  The hope of a better day tomorrow pushed the individual American and their faith that they could enjoy the fruits of their labors brought America to heights unrealized by any other nation that had ever existed.  But something happened in America that went against everything that was proven successful.  This is when the government started to grow and the successful experiment that was the United States began to falter.

As the government became bigger and bigger what had made our country great became more and more a distant memory.  The American people are losing hope and becoming more dependent on the very thing that threatens their ability to pull themselves back up.  The government has created social programs that fully support both the necessary needs and unnecessary needs of those at poverty level.  These programs that were once considered a safety net that one would want to get out of as soon as possible has become more attractive than actually getting a job.  You have able bodied people staying on these programs from generation to generation.

You have individuals who now depend on the government to take care of their every need rather than relying on themselves.  You have kids dropping out of school because they know that the government will take care of them.  They have learned that there is no reason to try because they will get enough from the government to survive.  The next generation sees this and assumes this is the best that it gets and do the same.  Eventually you have whole community’s that have a learned helplessness.  Meanwhile as more people become reliant on the government the accomplishment of the individual is overshadowed by a false sense of accomplishment by the government.

As the government creates an environment where it needs to do more and more it grows in size to accomplish these new tasks.  As the privet sector slowly dies from the weight of the government the hope and faith that individuals once had in themselves begin to erode away.  Instead of relying on themselves people begin to rely on the government more and more.  People stop praying for work or a promotion so they can take care of their families and begin praying for more government handouts.  With every handout that comes from the government the government has more power and has used it to slowly erase God from our society.  As God is removed more and more they are able to pervert or flat out ignore our constitution that recognizes natural law and limits our governments power.

As God is slowly erased the government slowly works to fill that void so instead of looking to God people begin to look to the government for everything.  When the government has sufficiently removed God from society they then decide to slowly remove the constitution and economics from our schools.  This creates a society of people that are totally dependent on the government for everything.  When hope and faith is gone and helplessness takes their place you start to get 30,000 people waiting in line to be put on a list to get government housing in two to three years down the road.  Limited government gave us things like the light bulb, the car, a man on the moon, and the faith that we can accomplish anything.  Big government has given us 30,000 people who do not think their situation will improve in three years, the participation trophy and the beginning of a Godless society.

Common sense will tell you what size our government should be but big government does everything it can to ensure that common sense is not that common.  Big government knows that common sense is just as big of an enemy as the constitution and God are and has declared war on all three.  Right now the individual has the power to decide if the government will continue to grow or will be made smaller.  If the government is allowed to remain as big as it is now the individual will eventually lose that power and became a slave and the government their master.  A choice is presented to us in November and the 2012 elections and it is either small government and individual accomplishment or big government that accomplishes leaned helplessness.