Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Some thoughts about our tendency to complain...

In How Whining Grows Government, Frank Fleming demonstrates how complaining is counter-productive to the Conservative personality.

In the olden days, if someone was attacked by a mountain lion, he wouldn't just whine, "Eek! A vicious beast! Someone please take care of this for me!" No, he'd punch that mountain lion in the face like it was a common hippie and go back to chopping wood or digging a well or stealing land from the natives or whatever frontiersmen did. Because back then, people didn't complain about problems; instead they adhered to the wisdom of 20th century philosopher Vanilla Ice: "If there was a problem, yo, I'll solve it."
(Bonus points for old, white guy rap!  ;^)

If you lose your job, your house burns down, and you're surrounded by angry bears, and the government asks, "Do you need help?" you should answer, "Oh no. Minor setback. I'm fine. I saw some airports that need renaming, though. Why don't you get on that?"

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