What is the Initiative Movement (I-M)?
Privilege is something regarded as a rare opportunity. One who is privileged has a special advantage. A privileged person is one accustomed to “special rights” and opportunities or very costly possessions acquired by family wealth. Certain pleasures are exclusive to the privileged. The privileged are granted immunity where others are subjected to legal rules or penalties. The privileged are said to be favored, fortunate, lucky, golden, and blessed. Why? Because of their namesake, their wealth and their families position in life. This allows the privileged to be protected, exempt, shielded, immune, and secure from the environment where everyone who isn’t privileged must live. Privilege is never defined by race, only by stature as entitled, empowered, allowed, approved and permitted, where everyone else is measured by skills, INITIATIVE, drive, survival, ability, strength, usefulness, helpfulness, courageousness, stability, honorability, and energy…just to name a few.
Being a product of the “Greatest Generation”, look it up. We were proud to be Americans. We lived life to the fullest. We were raised with strong work ethics. Our parents, our communities and our teachers instilled in us virtues. They taught us good morals, good manners, and a drive to succeed. We made the best of what we were dealt, and continued to build on what we had or achieved or failed at. We set higher goals, sometime what seemed like unattainable dreams. We never strived to become privileged. We strived for a purpose, a dream, an opportunity, and to be the best at what we did.
When I hear someone call me a “white privileged” man, I hear or think of an oxymoron attack. From Wikipedia: “An oxymoron is a rhetorical slur (device) that uses an ostensible self-contradiction to illustrate a rhetorical point or to reveal a paradox.” Paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition leading to a conclusion that is unacceptable, senseless and untrue. This definition and label caused me reflect on my life. I don’t get mad at ignorant people. I don’t argue with them. I also don’t try to explain the truth, because it comes down to a culture based on “23 words” posted on their twitter feed. I can’t tell you how to fry an egg in twenty three words. We are living in the “Worst Generation”. Cancel Culture, hate, openly racist attacks, anarchy, mockery and divisive agendas on religions, elderly, political parties, lifestyles, races, military, border security, crime and punishment, law and order, foods, genders: men and women, abortion, the environment, climate, and much more…
I realized it was time to counter this culture and start a positive movement. The Initiative Movement is about sharing what worked. For example, when Dr. Ben Carson’s mom took the initiative to have her son read and then tell her what he read. This simple act pushed Dr. Carson to learn and to continue to follow his dream. His initiative caused him to become the man he is today. My goal for this website is to have a place for people to share their positive experiences — how other people or circumstances may have influenced them to change their life story. I want this site to be a place of hope and community. This is a place for every person whose success came because they took the INITIATIVE, but also because they may have learned from someone, some story or some opportunity.
Please join our community and share your story in the comments.