Every so often you come across a statement that so neatly encapsulates what is wrong with almost every aspect of the modern world that you stand and marvel that someone has actually uttered it.
Whilst heading off to the gym I heard that at a recent get together someone had stated that the war on obesity was failing because we placed too much emphasis on personal responsibility. I thought I had heard this incorrectly and filed it away for reference for when I got home.
When I got home I fired up google fu and found the following –
Dr Samantha Thomas, who spoke at the annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference in Melbourne, said the war on obesity was failing because society put too much emphasis on personal responsibility.
“Obesity rates are still increasing because we put all the responsibility on the individual, but are completely reluctant to tackle the corporations that are part of the cause – the junk food companies, the soft drink companies, even the town planners who design new suburbs with no backyards or playgrounds,” Dr Thomas said.
Firstly, I didn’t know we had a war on obesity – it seems a bit unfair if we do because the fat bastards would be hard to camoflage and easy to shoot. Secondly, it may have escaped the good Doctor but change only comes from personal responsibility – it is not and never has been societies job to change the individual.
Unfortunately, this attitude has permeated every layer of society and society now gets the blame for every personal failing, indiscretion and mistake. No one any where or at any time is to blame for anything they do. It is assumed by people who push this line that individuals are helpless little children who cannot make decisions for themselves regarding anything in their lives.
You are in the drivers seat of your own life – get used to it.