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"…Caitalism civilizes greed in the same way that marriage civilizes lust. Greed, like lust, is part of the human condition. These emotions cannot be eradicated…. And to the degree that greed leads to effort and lust to pleasure, why should we seek to eradicate them? At the same time, it is widely recognized that these inclinations can have destructive effects. So they have to be channeled in such a way that they serve us, and society, best. The institution of marriage allows the fulfillment of lust, but within a context that promotes mutual love and the raising of children. Lust is refined and ennobled by marriage. Similarly capitalism channels greed in such a way that it is placed at the service of the wants and needs of others. Under capitalism, helping others is the best way of helping yourself. Capitalism provides a virtue to prosperity."
~ “America: Imagine A World Without Her” by Dinesh D’Souza.
The other day I had a conversation with someone about the economy and the role of government. During this conversation, this person said something along the lines of, “people shouldn’t have to work, the government should give everyone everything.” My response: “At who’s expense?” Governments don’t produce goods, they take them either through means of taxation or brute force, and redistribute them to whomever they see fit. If a government did own the entire economy, what incentive would entrepreneurs have to innovate if their profits were taken from them, and given to those who didn’t earn it? What incentive does a hardworking farmer whose harvest was plentiful and abundant have if the lazy farmer whose harvest was lousy as his work receives the same payment? Why even have the incentive to work for money when a person knows they don’t have to work and still receive a check in the mail? Sure, it would seem nice to not have to work for a living and simply live a dreamy summer vacation all your life, but that’s all pure fancy and completely delusional. Prosperity requires work and talent, work requires incentive and sought-out rewards, and talent requires discipline, diligence, and expertise, none of which a government can ever provide. A person is defined by their actions and their actions are defined by their decisions. If a person is poor, it is because they made poor decisions. If a person is born poor, it is because their parents made poor decisions. Here in America, a person doesn’t have to remain poor whether they were born that way or not. Everyone, no matter race, religion, or creed has the same exact opportunity for prosperity. But not everyone will utilize their natural talents, diligently pursue expertise with discipline, and work hard for high rewards. America is the Land of Opportunity for all, but to some that opportunity is not missed but neglected. Some people would rather be babied, coddled from cradle to grave by government bureaucrats, and freely given food, money, healthcare, housing, schooling, and security. Of course, none of which is great quality because regardless of quality, a government will always exists so it doesn’t really need to pay attention to the service of its beneficiaries. All it needs to do is provide just enough sustenance to keep its people comfortably numb and at peace. Once this is done, the people become docile sheep and those in power become the shepherds. Every now and then, the people will be given the illusion they are free and in control, but they fail to see the fences surrounding them. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe welfare of any kind is evil and should be done away with because there are those who truly require it. However, I do believe our welfare system has been taken advantage of not only by some who milk it but also by those who offer it. It shouldn’t be the centerpiece of our economy because it would destroy the human spirit which is meant to be free, creative, and prosperous, not submissive, passive, and mediocre. But I guess for some, it is a lot easier to submit for free food, housing, and healthcare. I am reminded of a quote by President Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“If you want total security, go to prison. There your fed, clothed, given medical care, and so on. The only thing lacking is freedom.”
Koko the gorilla is a resident at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, CA and communicates understands spoken english and uses over 1,000 signs to share her feelings and thoughts on daily life. After the first call about Robin’s passing, Koko came to Dr. Patterson with an inquiring look on her face. Dr. Patterson explained that ‘we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams. Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful, Koko signed the words for “woman” and “crying.” Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering; she was crying over the loss of her friend.
"Robin made Koko smile — something she hadn’t done for over six months, ever since her childhood gorilla companion, Michael, passed away. Not only did Robin cheer up Koko, the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed — from a high-energy entertainer, into a mellow, sensitive, empathetic guy, who also happened to be really funny." -Dr. Patterson