This is just something I have noticed. We call those that have worked hard “Goody-Two-Shoes” or “Over-Achiever”. Our society even says to tax, tax, tax the rich. “They deserve to be taxed higher. Look how much THEY have that we don’t have.” Did anyone ever really think that one through? Many of the people that have quite a bit WORKED HARD for what they have.
Do people honestly think these folks were all born into fortune and should be condemned? Did anyone ever realize that most of these folks worked hard from the ground floor level and made something out of themselves? These aren’t the people that wanted the system to give them anything. These aren’t the people that claim welfare while drinking beer and eating steaks (as my Mom, who was a mail carrier, said many of them did when she delivered their checks). These aren’t the folks that want hand-outs on a street corner instead of working for their pay. These are the people that worked hard and DESERVE to have what they do because they earned it. Why do people feel threatened by those that work hard?
Case in point, my mother-in-law. Here is a woman that works hard and wants each day to finish with something accomplished. She has been on the ground level in many companies and worked her way up through the ranks. She has been through many lay-offs, but always seems to find a better job each time. Her recent job is no different. She started working a billing specialist. She started out on the bottom and due to her hard work, she was just given a training position. She got a very nice raise and the recognition that she deserves. Many of her co-workers are angry with her because she got the job and they didn’t. They have been at the company longer, but didn’t work hard at their job. By working hard, she made them look bad. She is what the world calls an “over-achiever”.
I have a half-sister that I have never met. She has lived a wild life full of drugs, alcohol, and partying. When she was younger, she was an exotic dancer and made hundreds of dollars every night. She has made more money in a night then many do in a week (or several weeks). Now, she is 40 yrs. old and has nothing. No family, no house, and no savings. Nada. She blames the world for her being situation and the fact she is penniless. She points fingers and laughs at those that have worked hard and have a home and family. It is easier to make fun of those that have saved and worked hard, then to take responsibility for her actions. She feels threatened by those that have more than she does, even though she has made far more money than most in her lifetime.
My son recently went to a multi-day camping event with my husband. Many other fathers/sons were at the event. When my son arrived, he started to set up camp and build a fire. He knew that everyone would want a fire on the first evening. He asked two other teenagers that were sitting around (playing on their cell phones) if they would help. They ignored him. The adults appreciated our son’s initiative. The teens laughed at him. Later, word got around that our son is a Boy Scout. For the next several days, he was made fun of because he worked hard and assisted. He was called a “goody-two-shoes”.
These three situations all have something in common: working hard vs. laziness. I find it interesting in this world that instead of working hard or respecting those that do, we criticize. It is easier to talk about helping others then to actually get off the high horse and do volunteer work. It is easier to delegate a task than to take it on by ourselves. It is easier to condemn those that have fortune than to work towards having those very same things. It is easier to make fun of those with strong beliefs then to consider what we truly believe. It is easier to make fun of the attitudes of others than to look within ourselves.
I would rather have a world full of “Goody-Two-Shoes”, thank you very much. Before we start making fun of others, we need to do some internal house-cleaning first. It is easier to laugh, isn’t it? Personally, I think people poke fun of those that work hard because deep down, they KNOW they should be doing the same.