Of hurricanes and help

A thought has been heavy on my mind since the Katrina and Rita hurricane events.  The thought is:  why have we become so totally dependant on governmental entities to save our bacon? Whatever happened to self-help and self-reliance?  I think I know at least part of the answer and I suppose that sociologists, psychologists, political pundits and many others have THE answer, but here is one man’s thought. When aid to those in need (and presumably deserving such) became labeled as “entitlements” we had lost the gumption, as a people, to help ourselves.  There is now rampant co-dependency that constantly enables people and entire groups/families/communities of people to be needy. Needy of money, of direction, of basic life help.  Multi-generational dependency on the government exists in many families and in some areas, in entire neighborhoods and communities.  Many political cynics say that certain political factions are, in turn, dependant on those who are the entitlees for votes. That view is usually ascribed to the Democrat party but likely exists as much in the Republican party but in more subtle ways. Many individual relationships wallow in dysfuntional codependency as well.  But the topic here is about the individual’s dependency on government which has made him helpless. It can be no better demonstrated than by the following letter which was one of the many “forwards” I get each day. I’ve googled...

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