Abraham Lincoln is an example of this. He was born and raised in a log cabin on a frontier that had not be exhausted. He ends up in the White House, a long ways from his humble beginnings. He had direction and desire for something better and different still holding a great respect for his roots.
People say, “I am this so cannot do that.” Really? Who said so? The dialogue we carry on with ourselves is our biggest roadblock to going on to bigger and better. People want more rights than their neighbor because they believe that is the only way they can get ahead.
“Give me” with hands outstretched will not be the Achilles heel to get me up the much coveted ladder of success. Whether it is race, culture or any other minority group, they cry today is give me more rights than others, not give me an equal shake.
The cry is deafening from a variety of minority groups saying they are mistreated and not given rights they deserve. The fact is they do not want equal rights, they want extra rights beyond what others have. That is what is not fair.
Abraham Lincoln worked hard and climbed the ladder rung by rung. He made it to the top; he succeeded not because he was given a break or more rights than someone down the road from him in the untested frontier. When he failed he did not blame somebody for not giving him the rights he deserved. No, he got up and tried again and again and again.
We as a society have become so dependent on government hand-outs to succeed and to have a life that we think is good. The government is for all people, not just the few who demand their rights.
The days of having pride in oneself and one’s ability to do for himself and herself may be waning but I believe it is time for a revival of self-respect and self-sufficiency. President Trump says it’s time Americans get off welfare and get a job. I agree. Laziness and indifference must be retired for good. Let’s have pride in climbing that ladder and going the distance no matter how many stumbling blocks are placed in our path.