When Did It Become A Sin To Be Successful?

By JOHN M. DERBY
Times Publisher
May 18, 2017

There was a time when a person who worked hard and was reasonably intelligent could become successful and would be rewarded by earning more money.
When did it become a sin to be successful?
Our country was built on the backs of successful people, not on failures. These people also needed a little luck, and some were extremely intelligent. Many made money by wise investments.
They did not hoard their wealth, but invested in land, machinery and manpower. They put that wealth to work and hired other people to help gain them more success. People like Ford came up with brilliant ideas like the Model T for the common man, and that made him successful.
Success allowed people to provide a better life for their children, and this has always been a motivating force for hard work.
For every very successful person who gained wealth, there were hundreds who did not achieve the same monetary status, however, their success proved out in other ways. Their success might have shown up in the joy of their family and friends.
Success showed up in the quality of workmanship, and in the quality of crops grown. It was a matter of pride to have a job well done.
It is true that some successful people were unscrupulous, and their success was built on unethical practices, however, we feel these were in the minority. That’s why certain law enforcement agencies were set up. In certain cases the laws of the day had to be changed to protect society from these people who hurt the system, and that job went to government officials.
Today, it seems, the same government has decided that people who are too successful are automatically at fault. Our government has taken away the incentive for success and rewarded people for non-work.
Actually, the word failure is never used because it is wrong today to characterize anyone as a failure.
“Down on his luck,” is a term you hear way too much; “unemployable” is often heard.
The reason for being ‘down on luck’ never seems to come into question. If that person has taken drugs to help him be down on luck — that doesn’t seem to matter. If that person decided he or she wished not to work — that does not matter.
It sure seems like there’s a whole class of people out there who do everything in their power to avoid work. Since they are out of work, and have little money, they drift, and some turn to living on the streets.
We are not referring to the handicapped, or those with mental problems, because they should be taken care of. We are talking about those people who intentionally wish to live without working.
Some blame lack of work on the lack of jobs.
While we admit there is a lack of jobs — generally good paying jobs — there is work to be done everywhere one looks.
Some people may shun certain jobs that dip too low on the economic scale.
There are low-paying jobs in maintenance, child and adult care, house cleaning, and yard cleaning. Field work is left to those who will do it — like hardworking immigrant field workers.
Nevertheless, field workers are criticized too because they will work. They have succeeded in becoming part of this nation, and we blame many of them for their success too.
Meanwhile, everyone wants the good life. And of course, there is nothing wrong with that. It is human nature, and it is part of our culture.
But when we pass laws which take from the successful and give to the failures, we change the character which has helped make this country great.
Who is to blame? We blame the lawmakers in Washington and those in Sacramento for making it a sin to be successful.
And we blame all the other people who accept the premise without question.
When did it become a sin to be successful?


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