Throwback Thursday: 4 Things I Call BS

Going through our archives, we came across this great post by Dr. AnnMaria De Mars from January 3, 2016 “4 Things I Call BS” that we wanted to share in case you missed it the first time around.

1. The story that some hero / heroine is going to save the world from destruction. I know, it’s fun to watch all Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Men in Black – you name it.

I’m pretty sure that the world is not going to be saved like that. It’s going to be millions of people like Doctors Without Borders , teachers who take the time to help students after school and parents/ grandparents who sit down at lunch with children and talk to them.

2. Rich people paying taxes are being penalized for success. Most of the richest people in America – the Waltons, Kochs, Mars, Cargill, etc. INHERITED their money. That’s right, the only success they had was at the fertilized egg level.  I pay a lot of taxes and it goes to things like roads, schools, life guards at the beach, the public library, social security, all of which benefit me and the country.

3. Martial arts instructors with fake credentials don’t hurt anyone. This is bullshit on so many fronts. Anyone who wants to be a serious athlete only has a limited window to achieve success and holding them back for a year or two until they wise up to the fraud can prevent them from ever reaching their goals. Besides, lying is wrong. I shouldn’t have to explain this to you.

4. That anyone is ever 100% responsible for their own success, or related, that the world is equal. I can lay claim to that more than most people – I worked full-time to pay my bills in college and graduate school, started a business after my husband died. Still, I received scholarships from high school all the way through my Ph.D. One of my hugest advantages was being born in a time and place when women had equal opportunity to get an education and have a career. Along the way, everyone from my mom to Frank Fullerton to my doctoral dissertation advisor helped me get to where I am.

There are actually more things but I have to get back to work.


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