Life is not fair. No one ever discusses one of the main discrepancies of our lives that goes beyond race, religion and economics. They never get to the heart of why some are successful and some barely get by. I want to talk about how personal ethics and self-control weigh into all of this.
Recently attention has been given to those in Detroit struggling to pay their water bills. Really? Since when is being irresponsible all of a sudden someone else’s problem? Many years ago, this would not have been my feeling hearing something such as this. Now that I am much older and have met many people, have seen and heard some of the stunts some pull in order to “play the system” or “get something for nothing” these stories evoke something very different in me.
Yes I am cynical and rightly so. Cynicism is a good thing. Naivety is not. When broadcasting people’s so called “plights” it always helps to put as many facts into the story as possible. In anything I hear about the more facts the better. I’m always curious of how or why something is so. There’s a huge difference in people who can’t pay and those who won’t for whatever reason.
Fresh water is pretty expensive around metro Detroit. When I had more people in my home and watered the lawn and garden I could pay about $250 every three months. I also know that when I hardly use any, it was down to about half that amount. If you know you are on a tight budget you tell your family to be responsible. Take care of any drips, don’t water the lawn, take long showers or run your water when you aren’t using it. In other words, be responsible for your actions that effect your money!
I want to know exactly who these people are who I’m sure have money for beer, cigarettes, food and cable TV and somehow can’t pay their water bills. They appear to have money enough for the home that needs running water, but they don’t have quite enough to pay for their water. There’s something called economics and budgeting. You don’t spend more than you have and you certainly don’t use more water than you can afford to pay for. Yes for some a job loss or illness could cause these kinds of problems, but it can’t be the case for almost half the city of Detroit supposedly.
If I had never personally heard people, who to me are professional deadbeats, say things such as “I want to buy such and such or go here or there and I know since I’m poor they can’t turn my power off on me” and then they go out and do it I wouldn’t be thinking this way because it never entered my mind to do something like this even when I was the working poor. I just went without and budgeted like hell! I never ever thought the world owed me anything because I knew from being neglected and abandoned by my own parents that there was no world out there going to take care of me. My parents didn’t even try to cheat the system or even ask for help themselves. Now I don’t know how these other people became “spoiled” where they think some magical fairy is out there just waiting to take care of their every need like that, but it’s not very fair or very realistic.
I really believe our current media is very irresponsible and actually not very bright or experienced. I say this by the level of their supposed journalism compared to that of about 50 years ago. People in the news media industry no longer appear to go after stories with much logic or depth. I have read things that appear insane or at best laughable that the rest of us are supposed to buy into.
Basically that is what today’s journalism is for. Entertainment. There is seldom any truth to stories and the facts are always way off base making it fiction. In the past a news story was never allowed to be as inaccurate or biased as they are now. A journalist always sought the truth no matter who looked bad. Now that is unheard of. Currently if the powers that be plan on having a certain person look a certain way, that’s how the story is written, no matter how slanted or ludicrous the outcome.