Our government has been engaged in the effort to force people to help each other.
It has frequently postured that we aren’t good enough to each other on our own, and that it must take more from one group of people and give it to another group of people to keep them from suffering or going without.
The idea that necessity is the Mother of invention has been ignored and stifled by edict and regulation.
This maneuver is supposed to have no negative effects, only positive ones; but so far, I haven’t observed this one way street in action.
I have observed the populous that is handed this benevolence become lacking in drive or ambition, through the shoddily crafted legislation that prohibits any of the recipients from using their helping support to get themselves ahead.
I have observed that as long as benefits are available, they will be used up (no spendthrifts we, with Other people’s money).
I have observed that those who are taken from in this manner reduce their willing donations to those in need, because someone else is already taking care of that for them.
I have observed that those who take this benevolence end up resenting the assistance, because they are never credited with any ability to make improvements on their own, and are punished financially when they try.
I have observed the growing detachment and resentment of both sides of this scenario.
You can’t legislate morality.
It must be taught with love and compassion and understanding, and a steady dose of reflection on the pains that we cause others by our misdeeds.
It must be taught with active involvement in helping those less fortunate, and the first hand observation of the joy that helping gives to others.
It must be taught with humility and gratitude that we are able to help others.
It must be taught by those who are closest to the ones needing to be taught.
It must be taught by those who are the immediate authority figures, by example and by kindness; preferably by their parents, and always by those entrusted with their teaching at the public level.
This, Dear Government, can’t be forced, or coerced by government edict.
It must be willingly available through the good will of the citizenry.
If this is not available, we will fail, and we will continue to have atrocities.
The more restrictions and interference the government imposes on the lives of the citizenry, the more stress the society will be under, and the more people will forget that they are neighbors, and seek to marginalize and eliminate those who are not in a position to help them.
The more force and intimidation is brought to bear on us all, the more a lack of compassion will rule our society,
and bring down all of us,
and our children’s children’s children.
Thank you to Wikipedia for the picture of The Authority Figures of Colu, from a Warner Brothers Cartoon.
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