We are in big trouble when initiative, drive, and personal responsibility have been replaced by this: "An unemployed man stabbed to death his wife of 32 years because he felt their life on benefits was meaningless and they had nothing to do other than watch television." Whose fault is that?
What a far cry from, for example, the boxer Jim Braddock, the "Cinderella Man": "Without an education or a skill beyond boxing, Braddock searched for
work of any kind to support his wife and 3 kids. Daily he would walk the
3 miles to the docks of Weehawken and Hoboken to see if work could be
found. If there was, he would spend the day unloading railroad ties. If
there wasn’t, he would walk another 2 miles to West New York. If there
wasn’t any work to be found there either, he’d walk home to try to find
some odd jobs like shoveling snow. It wasn’t unusual for him to walk
10-12 miles a day in search of a way to put food on his family’s table."