O’Reilly: Don’t you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there’s nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery. That’s why I never even started anything like that… that’s why I never will.
The Magnificent Seven 1960
“You [have to] work your ass off, that’s the only way.
Kate Hudson 2014
One of the things that has plagued me though my life has been thoughts of the various plights of the world’s peoples.
It always seemed to me the example of America and Americans were a blueprint. You have a nation that over its two centuries of existence exhibited the path to the easiest and best possible life for human beings, a life so good that millions rushed to come here over the decades and within two generations and were generally rewarded by the sight of their children and then their grandchildren living better than they ever dreamed they would.
A big part of this comes from the American system whereby justice was not dependent on bribery of officials the ability to improve one’s situation by hard work, complemented by free speech, free religion and a representative government all made possible by the two bedrocks of western civilization:
- English common law with the principle of the equality of all people before said law
- Christianity with the principle of the equality of all people before God.
When I looked upon the world, their unwillingness to adopt these two ingredients I’ve thought about the cultural and historical reasons why these things have not been done but in the end there is one ingredient more important than any other.
Not in the sense that you might think, There are plenty of people willing to taking or deliver a blow or even risk their lives to fight, but I’m talking about a particular type of courage, the courage to endure monotony for a goal.
Most great endeavors take not only a lot of work but the willingness to do said work repeatedly, over and over, laboriously, without reward directly in front of you.
If you think of the World War 2 generation they had such courage. The willingness to work a factory, to go door to door selling, to work 12-15 hours a day in a business six days a week to make it work, to do these unexciting things day in and day out without excepting help from anyone else, willing to endure setback after setback without public complaint until success comes.
Think of the arab states, they have the one advantage that Israel does not, population in abundance, imagine if instead of unthinking hatred against the jewish state they simply concentrated on making their population the best educated, the hardest working and the most dedicated people toward improving their own lot and the lot of their children.
If this was the case nothing would be beyond their reach and within three generations they would look on the Jewish state and laugh at the idea that there was any reason to fear them.
The same holds true of all populations if instead of spending energy blaming others for their plight (and expecting reparations for the same) a simple dedication to self improvement would change the world.
But now this has become an issue here in the US as well, particularly among the left.
Think of the gender police, think of the race police, think of the “resistance”what do they have in common? They live by the excuse, the blame of others and seek revenge or restitution. After all why even put in the effort if the deck is so stacked against them, or so they think, not considering that those who came before them 750 & 150 years ago had much more going against them and advanced.
How did they do so? By having the courage to endure the monotony of effort without expecting a quick fix.
The man or woman who works 10 hours at a job to make sure there is food on the table, who makes sure their children are doing the right thing and carries no without caring a jot if the government plans to help or not has more courage than shouting “No Justice No Peace”.
And until that cultural lesson is released they will become stagnant and jealous wondering why the world is so against them.
It’s always been a sad thing to see this type of thing abroad, it’s even sadder to see it happen here, but as long as there are those who can gain profit or power from this situation, it will continue.