Monday, July 15, 2013

Entitlement and Fishing

When fishing it is customary to use a lure that is the most similar to a prized possession for which the preyed would be hunting. It may be bright colors, the texture or maybe the flow or flash in the water  from the hook that attracts said prey. Usually, a "flasher" attracts fish because they believe another school of fish are up at a feeding area and they'd like to be part. Once they catch sight of the appealing object the fish starts to swim in the direction of it and, with what seems like a magnetic force, the closer it gets the faster they swim until - snap - the fish opens up and lodges the hook into the deepest part of his throat. At this point the fish is no longer in charge. The harder he tries to swim down or back where he came from the deeper the hook sinks in and before the fish would know anything different, he's in the hand of the fisherman and before too long will be in the fisherman's frying pan.
And so it is with entitlement. At first there are numerous benefits that flash at us again and again. They're on the radio and in the newspaper advertisements and before we know it we're signing up for benefits and quickly trying to find more. As the final papers are signed relief may set in because we get instant rewards, free stuff like we never dreamed of. But the hook sets at the same time and then a new feeling of dissatisfaction takes over and about that time a new government program arises and we latch on to that and the cycle continues. Finally a time comes when we see how dependent we are. We wouldn't want a job because we wouldn't get our benefits. Our lifestyle isn't what it once was but we aren't what we once were either. At this point we realize that the government has completely reeled us in but the faster we try to go back where we came from we find that this dependency and entitlement has ensnared us in ways we'd never thought it would.
Thus, be it the fisherman with the frying pan or Washington officials with rules and legislation, the more we are attracted to what we think others are doing, or what we may think the easy way out is, the more prone to end up out of  control we are. Like a fish in a frying pan, if that's what you'd like that's fine. I'd rather identify with the fish that swims steadily finding food, daring rough waters and ignoring worms on hooks because there's no such thing as a free lunch. We weren't meant to be captives but to be free individuals living lives filled with purpose.  

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