I have been raised by my mother and father to always work as hard asÂ I can and to strive to be the best at everything I am a part of.Â Since the age of 10,Â I have spent much of my free time working to better myself and get ahead of the competition.
Ever sinceÂ I can remember, I have been working for a little walking-around money and training to prevail in athletics and improve my health, conditioning and strength.Â Whether on the gridiron or inÂ the blue-collar world working toÂ earn a dollar, my goal has been to be the best I can be in every endeavor.
But today,Â I was slapped in the faceÂ withÂ the political correctness that is destroying American society.
Today was like any other day. I went to all four of my classes then straight to work to earnÂ some money to buy groceries for the week.Â As a part of my busy day,Â I was going to squeeze in a work out. AsÂ I waked into the CSU Student Rec Center and headed for the weights,Â I found there were no dumbbells more than 85 pounds.Â Since the gym has been going through renovation,Â I did not think much of it and figured it was temporary.
AfterÂ IÂ finished my work out, I stopped at theÂ front desk to askÂ where the heavier dumbbells had gone. Much to my surprise, the desk told me a group ofÂ students felt that the dumbbellsÂ that weighed 90 pounds or more should be removed from the gym because they created an â€œelitist environmentâ€ and was â€œextremely intimidatingâ€ for some of the students. This small group of students signed a petition and turned it into the gym last week.
Today, the dumbbells have been removed and placed into storage, and will no longer be available for use.
As an avid user of these dumbbells, I feel like I am being punished for working hard enough in the gym to be able to use the heavy weights.
I guess what the director of Operations at the gym is trying to say is that â€œyou are free to lift weights, as long as you are not too strong,Â and ifÂ you are too strong, youÂ are not welcome here because it might intimidate someone.â€
The ideology behind this: Since not everyone can use these dumbbells, then no one should be able to use them because we do not want others to feel bad when they see other people using these heavy weights and they cannot.
One word comes to mind: mediocrity.
The message here is clear: No one can be stronger than anyone else. If we practiced this softheaded mentality in the business world, we would be crushed by our competitors and would never make forward progress.
Imagine if the government felt Warren Buffet was intimidating the public because of his financial power and business prowess and they decided he was no longer able to invest his money and grow his business ventures. This situation would be unconstitutional, and I am sure Warren Buffet would have something to say about it.
The CSU gym situation is just a small example of where this country and our culture is heading.
Instead of competing with each other and working hard to rebuild this declining economy, we are moving toward a society of mediocrity. This is a country of freedom. If I want to work out with a dumbbell that weighs 95 pounds, I should be able too.
If I want to be a successful executive of a company, I should be able to compete to be the best.
Political correctness is corrupting this country, and instead of taking a step forward, we are taking two steps back. Do we want to be a mediocre country, or do we want to be a thriving country where people have endless opportunity?
Daniel J. Raunig is a senior business administration major. Letters and feedback can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.