Nincompoop celebrities and vacuous politicians love to use the term "giving back" because they want you to feel guilty for what you've accomplished, as if you didn't do it on your own, as if you didn't earn what you have....
MERCED, Calif. – First lady Michelle Obama praised graduating students at California's smallest, youngest public university for their determination to succeed, urging them to give back to their communities.
In her debut as a commencement speaker on Saturday, Mrs. Obama evoked the struggles of California's founders — settlers and former slaves, trailblazers and immigrants — to encourage the 493 members of the school's first full graduating class to use their newfound skills to lift up those around them.
"You will face tough times. You will certainly have doubts, and let me tell you because I know I did when I was your age," she said. "Remember that you are blessed. Remember that in exchange for those blessings, you must give something back. You must reach back and pull someone up. You must bend down and let someone else stand on your shoulders so that they can see a brighter future."
What if you made your own way through school and didn't take a penny of public money that you won't be paying back, with interest? What if your community didn't help you do anything? What if you didn't get a leg up by being a politically favored minority? In other words, what if you earned what you've gotten and don't owe anybody anything in return?
"Giving back" is not just a meaningless phrase made popular by American Idol. It's a veiled implication that you don't really own what you produce. It's a subliminal suggestion that you owe others for your thoughts, accomplishments, and earnings. It's an insidious attempt to make you feel guilty for what you've worked for, so that you won't complain when it's taken from you for somebody elses' benefit...somebody who is too lazy, dumb, and unmotivated to do what you've done.
I don't recall anybody but my mom giving me anything, so I give, but I don't give back to anybody but her.