For the longest time I thought it was just me. At times I feel like I’m on the edge, walking the fine line of “surely people can’t be so stupid” and “maybe I’m reading too much into this.” Life goes on; work, kids, sport practices, taking out the trash, paying the bills, it’s all the same. But there is a subtle change, maybe not subtle for others, but I’m starting to sense it more and more. The crowd is getting frustrated.
You’ve been there before, standing in line at the premier of the movie you’ve been waiting for…and then someone cuts in line. People in line start to look at each other and roll their eyes. They take it! And if you’re the peaceful type, you rationalize that it is only one or two people. But it still sticks in your crawl. Then someone else does it. The line starts to chat it up, “Hey buddy, the end of the line is back here!” Then someone else walks up…before they cross the barrier, people are barking and your blood is boiling too! Shouldn’t the theater have someone watching out and enforcing the line? Heck, they put the barriers out for a reason!
Now multiply this feeling by the people who are “awake” here in America. Haven’t you caught yourself saying, “shouldn’t someone be saying or doing something about this?” Soon, you’ll be able to multiple this sentiment by the “sheeple” too! Eventually, they will wake up. By then, they won’t want answers, they will want blood.
To be honest, I can’t pinpoint MY frustration. I really haven’t been hit by the economy like others. I feel blessed! Except for the occasional nail in the tire or dealing with the cell phone provider, things are good. So what is it?
The Thick Red Line…I Mean Tape?
I work in education. I love it. I love working with kids, seeing them grow and learn and finally getting it. I like influencing their behavior, trying to help them see how their negative behavior isn’t beneficial to them and that making good decisions is important. But I hate education too. It’s not in the scope of this article to lay it all out, but let me just say, it’s not the teachers! Yes, there are a few bad apples. But the teachers that I have worked with are quality. I know this might be rare where you are, but it’s the truth.
As an educational leader, I monitor the curriculum that we are teaching. I don’t see socialism hidden inside the curriculum. I don’t even see too much multiculturalism being taught. We are though, a pretty conservative bunch down here. We all talked about the unions in Chicago a while back and couldn’t believe what we were hearing and seeing! Thank goodness the unions aren’t entrenched down here in Texas! The teachers I know just want to help students learn, plain and simple! I can’t say that for everyone though, so check your local public education system.
I had three different professors in graduate school allude to the fact that there was a conspiracy to keep the masses dumbed down. Most of us believe this already. But to have three different professors in three different instances bring this up… They all started talking about it and then would catch themselves. Uh huh! The corporations need their worker bees! Oh don’t let me go on..I’ll start rambling…
The system is created to fail or at least to stay mediocre. I believe all the red tape that we encounter is to make it hard for us to do what we need to do. We know that a student needs a certain service…but we need to try this first, then fill out this piece of paperwork, wait nine weeks, then try this, then get this person involved, then have another meeting and then… Just get out of the way and let us do what we need to do! Decisions need to be made on a local level! Even people in the district office aren’t on the front lines!
And I’m sure this is happening in your line of work too! Government regulations, state initiatives, blah, blah, blah! Things we didn’t ask for, but are forced to do because some idiot didn’t get his Stretch Armstrong for Christmas one year! The road called frustration is long.
Passion vs. I Just Don’t Care
I don’t want to just get by. I’m passionate about what I do. I can’t just go punch a time clock. But the frustration causes me to not care sometimes. I fight against it! I hate feeling like this. But all the crap can make even the most passionate person start to not care.
Maybe that is what is happening? People are fighting against what they know needs to be done and the inability to do it. It causes this inner struggle, bi-polar fight, which leads to MORE frustration. We need to remember why we are doing what we are doing. We need to have goals, a mission, focus. If you don’t have these, you’ll be lost, lost and frustrated. How many of those people do you know out there?
Then again there are the tons of people who just do the wrong thing. I mean come on! People just think that they can do whatever or act however they want and not have consequences. Then, I pay for it! You pay for it! That’s right…go ahead have babies, get on food stamps, I’ll willingly/forcibly fork out the funds for your irresponsibility. If you want to have babies, go ahead…but don’t expect me and all the other responsible people out there to be your sugar daddy!
Don’t get me started on people with credit card debt galore and then choose bankruptcy. I have a budget, plan and think about my big purchases.
And All The Other Stuff
And don’t forget all the other stuff out there! Let’s jump off the cliff already, run modern medicine into the ground, give more of the country away to foreigners, allow stupid politicians to continue to get elected and then say “we need to show them who the boss is” when they continue to vote to take our liberties. And just tax me already, launch the missiles and occupy something! You know they are going to do it. This can go on and on and on, but my eye is twitching and I’ve developed a tick. I’m going to go drink some chamomile tea and relax.
P.S. – If you are frustrated and just need to vent a little…or a lot…go ahead in the comments section below. I’ll approve your post right after I send the government some more money. TS
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