License to Survive????

In today’s world of politically correct dictates, nanny governments, and the propensity to lawsuits it makes you wonder if you, the individual, have the right to survive on your own terms anymore.

Honestly, I don’t want to be one of those boring, old dinosaurs who laments the good old days. Really I don’t….BUT not so long ago…

Competition was a good thing

Ambition was encouraged

And moving out on your own was expected. Not just by your parents but by yourself. You wanted to make your way in the world. You wanted to prove that you could.

The whole idea used to be that you wanted something and you worked for it. And usually you worked your ass off for it. And people actually admired you for all that hard work and go-getted-ness (nope, I don’t think that’s a word). Nobody but nobody felt sorry for you because you didn’t get a 10 minute break every three hours. Or sick days, or personal days, or paid vacations.

You didn’t need health insurance because you had a family doctor whom you could afford to see because they weren’t required to carry a million dollars in malpractice insurance.

If you were broke or needed more money you took a second job – you did not move back in with mom and dad. You did not go down to get food stamps. You did not panhandle at your local 7-11.

Teenagers were typically able to spell their own names and master basic math. They didn’t need their own cell phone, personal computer, $150 sneakers, Starbuck coffee cards or a personal trainer. They didn’t get chauffered all over hell and creation by their parents – they walked, rode their bikes or took the bus. They were self-reliant.

Now? Now the government, the ACLU, PETA, Al Gore, The Surgeon General, your neighbor, The Guardian, (fill in the blank) tells you what you can and cannot eat, drink, inhale, breathe, think, and believe. We mustn’t think original thoughts, lest someone feel left out. We mustn’t have our own opinions lest someone feel disenfranchised. We mustn’t be ourselves, lest we earn, own, excel, have more than the collective. Competition is bad because then someone loses and that’s not fair. It hurts someone’s feelings. Ambition is bad because you’re sure to use oil or smoke cigarettes, drive a gas-guzzling vehicle, vote Republican or eat junk food because of all the stress – and apparently that affects others adversely. Your children must never be raised by you but be raised by the whole damned village!

I’m asking – are you sick of it? Doesn’t it make you want to scream? Aren’t you tired of asking others for permission to survive? To live your life the way you want to? Believe what you want to believe. Eat food that tastes good? Smoke a cigarette without feeling like a criminal? Are we meece or men? I’m just wondering.

(Though I originally posted this on Smoke & Mirrors while guest blogging, it’s one of my favorite rants, so I thought we could revisit it. What fun!)


6 thoughts on “License to Survive????

  1. Amen to this! Applause! Applause! Oh, and Thank you!

    *blushing & bowing* I want to thank my mom and my dad and all..err…the little…ah… LOL! You’re very welcome. And stay tuned for my next big rant cuz it’s a comin!



  2. I so agree. Dallas is trying to outlaw baggy pants. Granted they’re nasty, thuggish, and generally look bad, but writing a city law to ban them? I think we have better things to legislate.

    Yeah you know…I’m waiting for the law that says the government needs to stay the frick outta my life more. That’s the one I’m holding my breath for. 😉



  3. Writerchick,

    Thank you for the comments that you left at The Bosun Locker. I am very impressed by your weblog and your writing style. I have added you to my blogroll. Have a great blogging day.


    Howdy Bosun & welcome. I am very impressed with your blog as well- I intend to be a regular reader. Back atcha on the blogroll. You have a good one.



  4. Ahem….(Stepping up on the Soapbox)

    We live in a fast food, instant gratification, living beyond their means, because they “deserve it”, because, “hey” they can claim bankruptcy if it doesn’t work out kind of world….(Ok, well the bankruptcy thing isn’t as easy as it used to be, but of course that in turn screws the people who actually need it because they fell on hard times)
    And the government with their politically correctedness and their stick their noses into everyones business take away all control so now we live in a world full of lazy, unrestricted children who feel they have the “right” to anything they want without consequence or working for it…..well that is a VERY LONG RANT….
    As usual the government (even if it started out as a good thing) takes things way too far so that your even “afraid” to speak out lest you “offend” someone…

    So to answer your question: Yes I do want to scream…sometimes….

    (Stepping off of the Soapbox)
    peace FC

    Very nice rant, FC. *applause* 😉  WC


  5. Here’s a “sister rant” to yours…

    When accountants didn’t have control
    And the media couldn’t buy your soul
    And computers were still scary and we didn’t know everything

    When popstars still remained a myth
    And ignorance could still be bliss
    And when God saved the Queen she turned a whiter shade of pale

    When my mom and dad were in their teen
    and anarchy was still a dream
    and the only way to stay in touch was a letter in the mail

    Do you recognise the song? I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker, Sandi Thom. Sorry if you have heard this to death – your post reminded me of it.

    Hey Sonia,

    Nope, never heard it before. It’s a good one. I can agree with the sentiment.



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