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“You deserve it.” Where did that idea come from? It’s heard in commercials for everything from new Hummer H3s, Suave shampoos and Pop-Tart ads. America is inundated with the notion that the world owes its citizens whatever they deem themselves worthy of receiving.
What has been the result? Keep your eyes and ears open during your next trip to Wal-Mart. A parent slapping his or her kid’s hand as he or she reaches for candy in the checkout line is a normal sight to see. American commercialism seems to say people deserve whatever it is they want.
The freedom to make the decision doesn’t mean each of the choices is right. Americans have grown with “healthy” breakfast cereal — call it sugar drowning in a homogenized dairy product. What people have grown are spoiled, selfish brats. It’s not just children who gorge on all the Lucky Charms marshmallows first, either.
College students routinely expect to get good grades for just showing up, and they don’t want to take any notes when there. Since when were college classes reduced to the kindergarten level in the minds of students? They show up for naptime or spend the whole time texting and doodling. Do they realize they (or their parents) have spent nearly two grand for that class?
If the class meets three times a week, then each class period costs about $42. For two days a week, it costs about $63. Attending a class is the same as a new outfit from Target, including the shoes and handbag.
Maybe they don’t stop to think about it when they press snooze for the tenth time and decide they can still pass even if they skip. They don’t take into account that somewhere down the road they may really need to miss a class. Just like the kid who eats all the marshmallows in the breakfast cereal first, leaving a soggy mess of Cheerio-like shapes to be the taste left in his or her mouth at the end. Every session has value, almost a dollar for every minute.
Don’t forget to set the alarm clock and set aside more time than a late night cram session the day before exams. Eat breakfast. Lucky Charms semi-counts since it’s been shocked with vitamins. But save some marshmallows for the last few bites.