One of the things I have learned from my job and the people I have encountered lately is that there is a quality sadly lacking in many Americans; a wiliness to work. To me working hard is just something I do; it is something my parents taught me. When I started my job, people were surprised at what I was willing to do and how much I got done. To me, I wasn’t doing anything special.
Working at the job I do, I am constantly encountering people that don’t really want to work. Everything from staffers, legislators, activist groups, and constituents want things handed to them and not to have to do real work. (Note; the legislator I work for and my co-workers are exceptions).
When pondering the reason for this malady, I have made a few observations on why people are this way.
1. They have too long been dependent on government/charity of others for everything. Why work hard when it can be given to you?
2. In a time when we complain that fast food and instant oatmeal don’t get to us quick enough, most of us don’t have the patience to work hard.
3. We are the entitlement generation. We often believe that we are owed a good, well-paying job just because we exist; we don’t want to have to work for it.
There is much more I could say on the subject, but I think that is all for now. Do you have any thoughts?