I remember the Presidential Campaign when Gov. Romney made a statement that nearly 50% of the American people are supported by Government aide or pay no taxes. This resulted in a fury of anger, especially by the liberals. Since Lyndon B. Johnson’s project to help the poor, America has seen more and more people on Government aide. It has come to the point that the new generation of poor believe it is their right to receive government assistance. In some of our inner cities, the majority of children are raised by single mothers on government assistance. Where are the fathers to teach them the values of hard work?
The following is from the Anecdotes of Oyasama from the 19th century Japan:
Once Oyasama said to Izo Iburi, “Izo open your hand.” She had three unhulled grains of rice in her hand, and when Izo opened his hands as requested, Oyasama said:
“This is early rising, this is honesty and this is hard work,”
She placed them one at a time in the palm of his hand. Then she continued:
“Hold these three firmly in your hand. You must try not to lose them.”
Izo adhered to these teachings for the rest of his life.
These three values give one dignity and respect. It gives us a direction and purpose in life. It ultimately leads to our happiness.