The wobbly spiral lands clumsily in the receiver’s arms who runs another 10 yards before three defenders tackle him. Down the road a pitcher has struck out is eighth batter in five innings. Youth sports is popular beyond any measure and it teaches children valuable lessons.
The one lesson it will not teach, however, is how to go outside and play a pick-up games with friends. It seems children do not play games without adult supervision. Birthday parties are no longer affairs where children gather and make their own fun. Adults manage the entertainment, the activities, and schedule the spontaneous surprises.
It was not long ago that conversations happened naturally at social gatherings but today nothing happens until an organized icebreaker. It was not long ago that going out with colleagues after work was a spontaneous event but now it is a prearranged event complete with a planned Karaoke entertainment.
You walk past a dirty dish in the sink and think someone else will clean it. You walk past a pile of dirty clothes on the floor and think someone else will pick it up. Ditto for the empty soda can in the street.
Did our dependency on someone else start the government takeover of our lives or did the government fill the void of “someone else will do it” when we grew up?
It starts with something as simple as organized youth sports and then matures into avoiding doing something that finally culminates with dependency on the government. It is an over-the-top illustration, I know, but such progression is not that too far off when we allow self-reliance be abated by taking the easy way out.
The mindset of dependency starts early in life and is perpetuated by an omnipresent government that is suffocating self-reliance daily.
President John F. Kennedy famously said, “… ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” I would suggest changing it to ask not what you can do for me but ask what I can do for myself.
People fail when they become complacent. Governments fall when its citizenry is complacent and apathetic. It is easy to paint the opposition as obstructionists but maybe the opposition is the only one that cares.
If you want something better in life, it starts with you, not someone else.