I had my post all prepared, a light hearted look at another American frivolity, Reality Shows, until I logged on this morning to be moved by the story of 17 year old Afghan woman Sadaf Rahimi.
I know little of political affairs in the Middle East, being sheltered here in the US by an excess of opportunities for women, whether they be political, educational, social or financial. Like many American women, I often take my freedoms and opportunities for granted, and find myself complaining of what I don’t have. I want to change that.
Being given the chance this morning, to be reminded of all my blessings and opportunities compared to women in other parts of the world, it encourages both my desires to be thankful, but also my anger toward Americans who cannot see all they have and who continue to be driven by greed and a sense of entitlement.
Quoted from the Associated Press, “There are female Afghan success stories, yet most women in Afghanistan remain second-class citizens, many cloaked from head-to-toe in blue burqas, some abused or hidden in their homes.
Rahimi, a determined 17-year-old student, wants to become the new face of Afghan women, gaining honor and dignity for herself and other women in here war-torn country and improving their image worldwide.
She will get her chance this summer in London, where women’s boxing makes its Olympic debut. Sadaf Rahimi is the only girl who will participate in the games,” Sharifi said. “She will represent all Afghan women, which makes her the biggest female personality in Afghanistan.””
This is what Chick Swagger is all about, a young woman, fighting to find her true purpose in a country where the opportunities for women are non-existent. I can’t think of many American women (or men) having the strength or motivation to accomplish what this young woman has. Not because they are not capable, but because most of us have never been challenged to have to fight for our lives, our freedoms, our opportunities. This work was done decades ago by our ancestors, and the opportunities for Americans and assistance programs available here in America are abundant.
So why are there still men and women in this country sitting around complaining of all they don’t have? Collecting from social services, refusing to work at McDonald’s because it is below them? Spending $100 per week on cigarettes, getting tattoos, claiming bankruptcy for charge card debt then filing for free lunch for their children?
Because they do not know the meaning of oppression.
Generationally, they have been conditioned to feel entitled to have others provide for them. And American policies do exactly that. They provide.
On paper, I believe it is suppose to appear the policies teach and encourage these people to learn to provide for themselves, but in reality, the loopholes are enormous. Many Americans have made free-loading a lifetime career.
Quoted from the Associated Press, “Recently in Baghlan province in the north, 15-year-old Sahar Gul was locked up, beaten with cables and tortured by her husband and in-laws after she refused to work as a prostitute. They deny any wrongdoing. She became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan after being rescued in late December when an uncle called police.
Her story shocked Afghanistan and prompted calls to end underage marriage. The legal marriage age in Afghanistan is 16, but the United Nations estimates that half of all girls are forced to marry before their 16th birthday.
In Kunduz province, also in the north, a 30-year-old woman named Storay was killed last month because she gave birth to a third baby girl, instead of a boy. Storay, who used only one name, was slain, allegedly by her husband, when her third child was 3 months old. Her husband has left the family.” He remains a free man.
It saddens me to think of the future of America. A sense of entitlement is so demeaning.
It encourages me to want to make changes in my small world to somehow reach out to people, to help them see how much they have to offer the world, to help them learn to help themselves and make this country into what it could truly be, a place of pride, production, and strong character. If a 17 year old woman in a Middle Eastern can fight for honor and dignity why can’t we?
What is wrong with asking a welfare recipient to volunteer ten hours a week at a community daycare center? Or having a food stamp recipient work a few hours a week at the local food pantry? Does Social Services see the number of Americans receiving assistance driving around in brand new expensive cars using their I-phones?
Is the government with me on this? I don’t think so, but I never did understand politics. Someone involved is always out to gain something for themselves instead of doing what’s best for the greater good.
I worked 3 jobs to put myself through college. I’ve been working since I was fourteen. What makes me any different than others out there? I never felt entitled. I had a sense of pride and community. I worked, lived within my means, and educated myself. No one did it for me. But this, I was taught by my parents.
Chime in people. I’d love to hear your opinions on this.
What do you think of American policies on: welfare, temporary assistance, child support, bankruptcy, foreclosure opportunities…
Do you think the system works?
Should welfare recipients be required to pass mandatory drug testing before they receive their checks? (your govt. doesn’t think so…)
Spread the Swagger girls, be an example of strength and pride.