Quick Thoughts: Civility

Aug 16, 2012 by

I had the honor and pleasure to meet a Record Breaking Gold Medalist of the 30th Olympiad today. While listening to him graciously and enthusiastically answer the multitude of questions posed to him, I wondered what President Obama would say to our athletes that represented the United States with supreme effort ending in excellence. It would be something like this; “if you’ve got a medal, you didn’t earn it. Somebody else made that happen.” No, I think not. The many years of hours upon hours of practice and complete dedication to their craft are the reasons that they unequivocally earned it. Enough said!

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  1. anonymous

    It seems to me you are being very bias. Yes, you are entitled to your own opinion. But to assume what the President might say cannot be anticipated. You don’t know for a fact that our President would state something familiar to what you talked about. It cannot be predicted. Unless, President Obama had made comments in which was relevant to what your talking about. If there is though, then I am mistaken. Though, I do not recall.

  2. Vince Giglio

    Here is the inspiration for my comment.

    “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” (Barack Obama, Roanoke, Va.)

  3. anonymous

    Very interesting. I guess I have been mistaken. But please tell me where I can find this.

  4. Anonymous

    Nevermind. I seeme to have found it.

  5. anonymous

    I think we should look at this open minded. I believe what he is saying is that along the road to success, there was help along the way. I do not believe he is taking credibility away from the people who have achieved greatness, but what I think he is trying to say is that there should be acknowledgement of how they got to where they stand. Greatness is not achieved alone. Take professional athletes for example. Behind their greatness there are people who push them in their lives to improve, inspire, and encourage them.

  6. joeltaylor1989

    In the context of what he is talking about, what he is saying more than just that. The context of the speech was a push to raise taxes on those who are successful. In order to justify that, he is stating that no one is solely responsible for their success. Thus, they OWE society a portion of their success because society is AS RESPONSIBLE for their success. Now, apply this logic to your example. When an athlete wins a gold medal, should his friends who supported him be able to claim that the athlete OWES them a piece or time with that gold medal that he won? No, it is absurd. Yet, Obama seems to be trying to make this case with success in the market. If you are successful, Society can claim a portion of your success as OWED to them.

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