Empathy and Demands for Government to “Fix It” Are to Abrogate One’s Personal Responsibility

Isn’t it easy to lament a social or public problem and lay claim to empathy when the truth is one has merely passed the buck? Incessant demands for government to “fix” whatever the problem is is nothing but one laying a false claim to empathy and caring when the reality is talk and demands for someone else to take care of the issue is cheap, cheap, cheap.

To demand some other group or entity fix what one perceives as a public problem is a rather petulant and childish manner of expressing concern. It’s shallow and does not in any way demonstrate one’s alleged caring for the plight of the “victims” of whatever disparity is lamented. It does not prove the lament is factual or dire frankly. Just because one thinks “X” is a problem only proves they believe it to be so, or are at least using “X” as a tool to express whatever opinion or concern they are addressing.

Is my whining that we need to fix “X” situation any meritorious act on my part? Not really…it’s merely me flapping my gums. Have I put anything on the line to fix the problem I am demanding someone else fix? Nothing whatsoever. Isn’t it easy to point one’s gnarled finger at an issue and demand someone else fix it? And it makes the petulant one doing the demanding look noble? How exactly? What is noble about my seeing a problem and demanding someone else do something about it? Clearly it’s not noble at all…it is however childish.

So then how does the “noble demand maker” get to lay claim to any erudite and sophisticated empathy? In what way am I noble if I see a hungry homeless person and then I demand someone feed and house them? Unless I am putting my money where my mouth is I am merely adding to the din of noise. And isn’t a shame that nowadays just adding to the level of the din somehow passes for intelligence and concern for our fellows? And isn’t it the factual truth that to whine and demand someone else step up is a total abrogation of one’s own personal responsibility? Ya damned skippy it is!

This nation did not become the greatest and most powerful by seeing a problem and pointing a finger for others to right it. No, we picked up a shovel, a checkbook or a gun and we addressed the problem, and in so doing we became “The United States of America” and all that formerly stood for. Our greatness wasn’t found is telling someone else to fix anything.

So then how will the US reacquire this lost grail if we do as some think and we “feel” things need to be fixed? How is one more connected to the plight of humanity by demanding someone else fix whatever the complaint is? Isn’t it true one only demonstrates a genuine moment of humanity when they roll up their own sleeves or stroke their own personal check to address the issue?

If one whines about kids in Appalachia, are they paying to support church missions to improve the lives of fellow Americans? Whining about hungry and cold elderly Americans is shallow unless one is writing a check or going and helping repair and insulate the homes of less fortunate Americans. It takes no guts or glory to whine about someone needing to fix “X” when the complainer is doing nothing else short of emoting.

To emote is not to demonstrate any level of caring or erudition. It is not sophisticated and uplifting at all. It is however a complete abrogation of one’s own personal responsibility. It’s not noble to state “poor John needs a new barn.” It is noble to lend a hand building the barn John needs. Talk is cheap. It isn’t doing anything more than demanding someone else do something and I’ll be damned is that’s noble at all. It is petulant, but it is not empathetic. To feel a problem or disparity exists isn’t the same as working toward fixing it. Let’s stop giving any noble deference to those who merely lament a problem as if they are somehow more caring and concerned.

If one is not putting their money or their ass where their mouths are, it is gum flapping and hollow political and social snobbery. Perhaps one needs to get over oneself, no?