Individual Responsibility

A 19-year-old girl in Gällivare was found dead after using recreational drugs. The mother blames society and the judicial system, and demands action be taken. That’s all well and good, but what about first off the daughter’s own responsibility, and secondly, the mother’s responsibility to raise her child well? Clearly she had failed in instilling decent values. Perhaps if she’d taken a more firm, active interest in giving her daughter a great childhood, her daughter wouldn’t have been busy stuffing herself full of chemicals for the hell of it.

Sadly, it seems the daughter came out of high school suffering from depression, and was thus “helped” by the local government-employed healthcare system. According to the mother, this led her to not only feel worse, but to gain contact with various unsavory types. Great. And now we’re supposed to want MORE government “help”?

Cynical? Perhaps. But it’s time we stopped treating everyone as a victim, and asked people to claim some responsibility for themselves. “Society” can’t be blamed for everything, nor can it solve everything. Tragedies should be mourned, but the last thing we need is more government intervention in our families or our private lives.

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~ by Escaping Perdition on April 20, 2009.

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