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We have many social problems in this country. Crime, drug addiction, alcoholism, homelessness, poverty, environmental pollution, etc.. The liberal Democrats think the answer to everything lies in spending money. Throw enough money at any problem and that is the way you solve it (and to get that money they raise taxes). I simply can't accept their basic assumptions. I don't believe most of our social problems can be solved by just spending money. I don't have any confidence in government programs (I don't think most of them work). Let us take an example. Schools. Kids are graduating from our schools and can't read or write, they tell us. What is the solution? The liberal Democrat's solution would be to raise the salaries of the teachers and to have lots of special programs and spend lots of money on school equipment, etc.. But what is the real problem with our schools? In my opinion the primary problem lies in the assumptions, philosophies, values, attitudes and teaching methods of the teachers. And, also, it lies in wrong priorities in regard to the subject matter that is taught. The solution would lie in changing the way the teachers are taught to teach (I believe in a strong emphasis on teaching fundamentals and in the importance of order in the classroom). How does one solve the social problems of our society? Let me ask some questions: How does one save an alcoholic from himself? How does one save a drug addict from himself? Or a gambler? How does one save such people from the powerful desires and forces within them that are carrying them to their destruction? By social programs? By psychological therapy? Perhaps psychological therapy and social programs of the right type, based on correct understandings of the problems, could be of some use but I simply have no confidence in the social programs or psychological therapy of my particular society --- an amoral society that has forgotten God. I have no confidence in any secular, non-religious solutions to any of these problems. Our society is so spiritually and emotionally messed up that it is in no position to act as a psychological guide or advisor to anyone. I think our psychological therapy is all a hoax and a delusion. I don't think it does anyone any good. I think psychiatrists mess people up more than they help them. How does one save man from himself? How does one save the foolish from their own foolishness? How does one save a prodigal or spendthrift from himself? How can one save a man who cares not for the morrow from his destruction? Or how does one save a lazy man from his own laziness? Can you? Is it possible? If these people can't help themselves, can you help them? Religion. That is the best I can suggest. Instill a belief in God and commitment to moral principle. Without it they are lost. Our society has many problems. Children can become twisted as they grow up through the neglect or abuse of their parents. How do you solve that? Take them away from their parents? Who decides what constitutes neglect or abuse? Who acts as judge? Who do you give the children to? Are you sure they will be better off? We have the problem of homelessness in America. We also have the problem of millions of people who are unemployed and living off welfare. What is the solution? In a perfect world everyone would have a job in which he was making ample money to provide a good standard of living for himself and his family. In addition to that, the job would be interesting and fulfilling and he would love it. And if he didn't like it he would be given another job. But how do you create a system that gives that kind of ideal? How do you insure that an economy can produce a job for everyone, let alone an interesting and satisfying job? And if there are not enough jobs for everyone what do you do about the people left out without one? Let them starve? And if you start offering free room and board to people who have no jobs how do you stop people who do have jobs (but dislike working for a living) from quitting them and getting in line to collect the freebees? When most of the jobs in an economy require a certain level of education and knowledge what do you do when the young people in school refuse to work, learn and strive for that level of attainment needed? Supply them with free board and room when they become older and cannot find a job that they can qualify for? How do you handle single women who deliberately get pregnant in order to qualify for welfare? In a perfect world the deer could live a free and easy life without fear. In the real world, however, he has to keep a wary eye out for the lion or he will be eaten. And the same goes for the most of the other creatures in the natural world. They have to look out for themselves or they will be eaten. That is just the way the world was created. For the imprudent, the improvident, and the unwary nature is brutal and merciless. That is just the way nature is. Nature is brutal with the imprudent. And sometimes it is just brutal, period. And, although man may not always realize it, the same hard, unforgiving laws that rule in the natural world of wild creatures also rule in human society. Man in his concern for his fellow man, his compassion for him, has a hard time leaving him to the fate that his foolishness brings upon him, but, in trying to spare him the punishment of his own foolishness, is really fighting against nature. He is bucking nature. He is trying to soften nature. Nature has a way of taking care of all its problems. The way is very often harsh but it has a way. In the natural world if the population of deer, or some other species of animal, becomes too large for the food available nature corrects the problem in a harsh way: the weak starve to death. Moral man has a difficult time accepting such harsh "corrections" for his fellow man. He has a difficult time, in his compassionate heart, accepting nature's "solutions" and wishes to soften them. But nature does solve it's problems. If man doesn't solve his problems nature does it for him. The root of a great many of our modern social problems, especially those of environmental pollution, is over- population. The earth is becoming over-populated, populated beyond what it can bear. Man is multiplying too fast. If man doesn't solve this problem nature will solve it for him. Are all social problems solvable? Many of the problems of this world are caused by the weaknesses, sins and imperfections of man himself. But even if you could completely transform all humanity and make everyone good, caring, just, honest and perfect in character would the world be just, fair and without misery? Or is the world so designed, so created, that it is not possible to have a society without injustice and hurt? What about all the social misery arising from such things as droughts, famines, and natural disasters? Is not a certain amount of brutality just an essential, innate part of nature? Is not the search for the ideal society perhaps like the search for the solution to a mathematical problem which, in actual fact, has no solution? Through the ages many intelligent, well-intentioned, caring people have tried to devise and create social and economic systems that they felt would be more just and fair than any other. But all have had weaknesses and shortcomings as well as strengths. Is it possible to create anything even close to a perfect social or economic system? Jan 1989 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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