Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
In the last two generations, more and more people have come to think the United States owes them a living.
Getting past all of the politics, organized religion, family history and other stuff, we’re living in a country seemingly full of people who whine. At least, they’re the loudest among us, It would do us good to get past that and to remember, as Reverend Ike once said, "There is only one good complaint: ‘My cup runneth over." Even then, one could simply go find another cup.
There are American families with two working spouses and some working kids who spend responsibly and honestly bust a hump just to make ends meet, much less save for a rainy day. It’s understandable when they say it’s tough out there. The rest of us need a lesson in self-reliance.
Emerson wrote "No kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till."
He wrote that in 1841. Things have not changed. Hard work pays. If you plant a seed, it will grow. Things spiral upward or downward in conjunction with our intention. From a place of love, we may come to understand that we are owed nothing because our thoughts grant us the helpful tool of perspective. In order to be owed something, one must first make an effort by which they are earning.
But the goal is not to be owed. The goal is to find it within ourselves to not think we are owed anything at all. When one recognizes that their needs are satisfied through hard work, and that the ancillary wants are simply such, they may stop searching for their imaginary debtors and begin looking inwards to improve upon themselves with what they owe to their own lives. It is with this knowledge that we can clear our debts and debtors without feeling the friction of empty want. Restoring perspective is a healthy exercise that encourages this.
And we could all use the exercise.