Rewards: Are They Earned or Freely Given to People?

A row of standing trophies. Photo Courtesy / Flickr
A row of standing trophies. Photo Courtesy / Flickr
A row of standing trophies. Photo Courtesy / Flickr

A row of standing trophies.
Photo Courtesy / Flickr

By Cassandra Sedler
Staff Writer

Our society rightfully denounces cyber bullying, body shaming, and promotes political correctness.

At the surface, our society seems exceptionally unfold as it aims to raise the self-esteem of younger generations to newfound heights.

However, it seems as though we as a society are afraid of young adults experiencing any sort of failure in their lifetimes.

As a result, children are awarded for absolutely anything, even if it is just showing up.

A trophy used to signify a certain level of achievement brought about by a great deal of hard work and determination.

In essence, only those who succeeded won a trophy.

Today, a participation award holds the same honor as the first place winner.

That is, if a score was even counted to begin with.

If this method of ultra-sensitivity withstands any longer, young people will have no drive for success because they have already been applauded for doing the bare minimum.

The most successful people throughout history are synonymously quoted saying that they essentially failed their way to success.

For it was their failures that motivated them to do better and ultimately achieve their goals.

By eliminating any incentive for improvement to younger generations, our society will gravely suffer from lack of new innovations, inventions and breakthroughs.

Email Cassandra at:
csedler@live.esu.edu

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