The Tyranny of Low Expectations

'This, my friends, is known as the tyranny of low expectations. You don’t have to lift a finger to do anything for yourself – the government will do everything for you. It will feed you, house you, clothe you, educate you, medicate you and – what the heck – even give you free cell phones.

In exchange, all you have to do is … shut up. You don’t have to work, you don’t have to raise or educate your children and above all, you don’t have to question the government’s motives.

Low expectations are often disguised as kindness. No one wants to see people struggle, so out of the kindness of our hearts we ask the government to provide for them. In doing so, we sabotage all efforts for people to rise on their own, to overcome adversity, to learn and grow through their own efforts, to acquire discipline and self-control. Low expectations create mental and physical laziness and an entitlement mentality.

If expectations get low enough – if people no longer have the self-respect and determination to chart their own course and excel on their own – then apathy results. The government is then free to do whatever it wants, and tyranny is the natural outcome.'


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