The schools our children deserve...
Do the Detroit automakers deserve a bailout?
Women Deserve Better
Customers Deserve More from Microsoft
Kids Deserve Justice
Animals deserve better
The war we deserve...
Did Brooke Burke Deserve to Win 'Dancing with the Stars'?
We get the government we deserve...
For some reason, I've been noticing the word "deserve" lately. Could be curmudgeonly of me, but I think that to deserve means you've earned something, beyond just being a good compliant American consumer.
It's a slippery word. What, if anything, do I deserve? A good job...a healthy family...shelter...happiness? I want those things, for sure, and strive for them, but do I DESERVE them?
Ok, how about convienences....like working appliances, hot running water, decent tires for the truck? Again, I want those things and work to maintain them, but most of the world lives without thinking about 'em. Ever.
Do we deserve respect? Good schools? Safe streets? Adequate medical services? The internet?
Sigh. I have no answers. It's just something that's been bugging me lately.
In the words of Jack Benny:
I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.