Last night I was actually awake for the eleven o'clock news. That was a feat of great endurance for me. I am not a night owl. In fact, I want my rear in bed by 9 p.m. so I can read until I fall asleep. That's the perfect ending to any day. Ok, get off the sleep tangent and focus.
There was a report about the Baltimore Police Commissioner and his efforts to reach out to neighborhoods with the highest crime. He and a slew of officers set out on foot. They walked up and down the streets, knocking on doors and asking people to join them. The purpose was to bring people together, to have a presence of law-abiding, hard-working citizens and police officers united. Could you please answer this question: Is it just some strange law of nature that there has to be at least one punk, at least one whiny jackass in every crowd? Tell me, seriously, did I miss that rule somewhere?
Most of the people were thrilled with the efforts being made on their behalf. Some said they felt "uplifted" by the fact that the Commissioner and his officers were out walking through the neighborhoods, showing their concern and support. The officers went door to door, asking people to join them in their walk. They ended with a large crowd and the evening was considered a success.
But I have to tell you the part that absolutely baffled me. The Commissioner approached a group of 4-5 people, I would say somewhere in their late 20s to mid 30s. He asked the group to join them. Their response was one of whiny, whiny, whiny, blah, blah, blah. One man said that he wouldn't waste his time "walkin' nowhere with nobody" because it wouldn't change anything. The others piped in with the same opinions, and I'm not going to lie, I quit listening. These people want to blame all their problems on lack of opportunity, poor education, and capitalism. Granted, there are desperately needed changes in our society. But, one of those is change of self! If someone offers a chance to make improvements, even if they are only slight improvements, why wouldn't you want to take action?
It's crystal clear what some people want, or should I say demand. They demand change that is handed to them on a golden Obama platter. They want to fuss and whine about how mistreated they are. Complain about how everything is stacked against them. When it comes right down to it, they are not willing to take that walk to improve anything. They won't put forth one ounce of effort to better themselves or their neighborhoods. They feel entitled. Somebody else is to blame for everything, and that somebody else needs to fix it all. More jobs, more money, more education...those things will not fix what ails this group. Because, they have no desire to do anything. People like those who refused the walk simply prefer everyone else do the work. They expect others to work and contribute to "the system", thus improving their lives for them. All the while they moan and groan about how unfair life is, and how nobody does enough to help them.
They speak of Dr. King and Rosa Parks, but they don't know who those two people really were. They don't appreciate or consider that Dr. King and Rosa Parks were more than happy to take the walks, never expecting somebody else to walk for them.
Thankfully, because many more chose to join the walk than chose to sit back and bellyache, the night was a success. There were smiles, laughter, and feelings of unity. Those who joined the walk, they are the ones who will make things better. They understand the effort it takes to improve things, just as Dr. King and Rosa Parks understood. I can only hope the whiny, whiny, whiny, blah, blah, blahers don't ruin things for everyone else.
And now for a little link love. My wonderful blogging friend, Little Jill, wrote a fantastic post about the economy. She doesn't really care much for whiners either. I like this girl...so happy to have found her! Go check out what she wrote, you'll enjoy it!