Monday, July 6, 2009

The Law of Sacrifice

The law of sacrifice is simple- you love what you make sacrifices for.

Mothers spend 9 months in pain and suffering to bring a new child into the world, they love the child.

A 12 year old boy mows laws all summer long to save up to buy a new bike, he takes care of the bike he worked so hard to earn.

The husband who sacrifices personal wants to meet his wife's wants, loves his wife more.

The man who gives up years of his life, who spends time away from the comforts of home family and hot showers for his country, has a deeper love for his country than the average citizen.

The $100 you are given you don't value nearly as much as the $100 you earned.

This law is why our welfare system is flawed, why handouts don't work and why microloans are successful- microloans are given to help people work- they require sacrifice.

This law is why the millenials are a useless workforce, few have been required to sacrifice for any of their education or their belongings, they're entering the workforce with a sense of entitlement.

This law is why socialism and communism doesn't work- when the few sacrifice for the many, the many take it for granted.

This law is why congress is spending our money faster than our children can earn it-they have made no scarifies for the money they spend.

The law of sacrifice, that we love what we spend our time and energy on is a true principle. Fathers that spend the money they earn and the spare time they have on their children rather than themselves, love their children more than themselves and are less likely to leave their families in pursuit of selfish desires.

The law of sacrifice isn't talked about nearly enough in philosophy or in every day conversation. It's not given enough credit for the societal good it brings.

We've become a nation, a country, a people where sacrifice is not expected nor admired. We expect others to sacrifice, other's to provide but rarely if ever expect it from ourselves.


Emmy said...

So true! This country really is becoming full of a bunch of self-indulging entitled brats.
I believe Wisconsin once (hopefully they still do) had a welfare system that once a person got a job, rather than losing all of their benefits they would continue on for a few years, each year getting a little less. That way when a person was starting at the bottom of the work force with a job that most likely does not have benefits they could still afford to work as they and their kids were not completely cut off and they were also given assistance to get more education and job training.
The welfare system, the way it is currently run truly is a joke.

Crystal said...

Amen, amen, amen.

The problem with a product of welfare is that they are more likely to continue in the cycle, since they haven't known anything else (BELIEVE me, we live in the ghetto, but I'm pretty positive we are the only people that earn our income).

The entitlement attitude carries over into every other aspect of their lives to the point where they are making unrealistic demands of their peers-the school should do this for me, my neighbor should do that for me.

The alarming thing is that when you walk into the homes of some of these people, they really have NO idea what poverty is: there is a TV in every room (big screen plasma, nonetheless), every child has a cell phone, with internet access (between the ages of 5 and 12)and and while there is talk of getting off the system, they're considering another baby because it's just so easy. ugh.

Along with that, there isn't the same degree of self confidence that comes from a job well done, hence the drinking/drug/adultery cycle that ensues as they pursue SOME form of happiness and life satisfaction.

PS: Have you ever heard of Star Parker? (welfare abuser turned conservative). Her book gives a pretty good glimpse into the mindset of an "entitled" person. The writing is choppy, but it wasn't written to impress, but to inform.

PS again: Seriously, I should get my own soapbox...thanks for sharing yours.

Helen said...

I usually refrain from commenting on stranger's blogs out of social propriety, but I've been reading yours for the last several months, and just wanted to tell you that once again, you've got a winner. Isn't frustrating when what seems so obvious, isn't obvious to everyone else? I'm thinking congress ought to have some sort of military service requirement before people can run for election.

Della Hill said...

Every week as I drop off my foster son at his aunt's home in goverment assisted housing I fear for him.
I fear that he will keep the same attitudes of dependence and blame that his family has lived in for generations.
I fear that when he turns 18 he will move into that same housing development just to be closer to his family and give up the scholarships that would be offered him by the foster care system because it will be easier to accept a check every month than continue school.
I fear that he will refuse to use the intelligence that God blessed him with to have a better life because he won't want to seem better than the family that can't care for him.
This not only makes me afraid, it makes me angry.
Good post.

davers said...

There you go again, Kory. Making sense as always.

Last night as I was putting the girls to bed my 6 yr old said "Dad ... sometimes I want the reward without having to do the work".

Now, wouldn't it be nice if we had that kind of honesty in government?

Mike said...

Well put. Now how do we get people to read it?

Alice said...

The welfare system is flawed, we all know that.

How do we fix it? Getting rid of it entirely is not the answer. There needs to be a way to help people become self-sufficient instead of creating multi-generations of welfare families.