“There are a lot of smart people out there (that justify their success thus:) ‘It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.’ Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.” –President Barack Obama, July 13th 2012
Observation: In our day and age, it isn’t necessary to weave a coherent narrative or construct a logical system of belief. In fact, all one needs to do is simply spew specific words/phrases and create appealing sound bites; let the vulgar rabble fill in the blanks and vote.
What is truly sad is to realize this blatantly degenerate swill above counts as our culture’s top shelf product: the First Citizen can afford the best speechwriters.
Empty projection/narcissism is best defeated by mirrors/reflection. So let me assist you, dear reader, in proper reflection regarding Obama’s kakistocratic allegory.
Obama’s fable goes: a being or group (the “somebody along the line”) GAVE help freely to someone who is now a successful person. This “help,” a nameless thing that was established to have been inherently submarginal and worthless to the somebody, was freely and voluntarily given away to another, who then used it to achieve success. Somehow this means part of the success is now owed to the somebody… The nobody.
To be owed a portion of the man’s success is to have also shared in his risks and responsibilities, and nowhere in the narrative did the somebodies assume any form of responsibility. If you assume no risk, you are owed no benefits.
The idea of all action becoming investment with expected dividends under conditions of the other’s success simply does not match with reality. It is childishness.
Defining this mindset as a regressed state of mind, we must now ask: what kind of parenting allowed such behavior to be reinforced into the child’s adulthood?
The enablers assert “it takes a village to raise a child,” and it sounds intriguing and true because it is cloaked in foreign mystique, being derived from a totally awesome African proverb… Until one realizes that New York City is not a village… And that there are no New York Cities in Africa.
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen… when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
If the successful man didn’t build the business, who did? Who would? Who will?
It’s neat to try and redistribute success, like it’s neat to predict the future through burning leaves, but reality proves such activities a fantasy. Take the successful, superior person out of the picture, and you are left with a lot of somebodies/nobodies with a lot of help to give.