"My parents simply will not help me any longer. They want nothing to do with me and refuse to even help me financially outside the home although they certainly have the ability to do so…I am unable to support myself and provide for my food, shelter, clothing, transportation and education."
“I have been stunned by the financial greed of modern parents who are more concerned with retiring into some fantasy world rather than provide for their children’s college and young adult years,”
“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”
“There’s an entitlement that’s starting to emerge that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for a country. I talked to some of my friends and they don’t want to get a job at Starbucks ... because they feel like it’s below them. Well, I think the only thing that can be below you is to not have a job. Go work until you can go get the job that you want to have. I’m really lucky I get to work with a lot of entrepreneurs that are building some of the coolest new stuff in the world. And you know these guys and girls work really hard and put in the hours and they are generous and care about other people and it’s what led to their success.”
Another anomaly out of Hollywood is Rob Lowe, who coming off his portrayal of President John F. Kennedy in the NatGeo film adaptation of the Bill O’Reilly book Killing Kennedy said this:
“My own worldview is that the individual needs to be more responsible for their own lives, and that’s not the conversation we’re having right now, for whatever reason.”
Lowe is right but it’s the “for whatever reason” that we need to be focusing on but I guess it takes baby steps. Granted those are just two extremely rare faces in a sea of pretty but mostly surgically enhanced faces in La La Land. But who would have thought that this kind of rationale exists in that world? Hope springs eternal.
I’m going to leave you with this video. It pretty much encapsulates everything about our culture today. The video was taken at an exhibition baseball game in