When making a choice about how to live, consider this simple question: “What would happen if everyone did it the way I am doing it”?
What would happen if everyone simply lived for themselves, filled with fear and taking whatever they could from others?
Think of a world filled with thieves.
If everyone is stealing from everyone else, eventually there will be nothing left to steal. Somebody has to make stuff for there to be stuff available to steal.
If nobody has the faith to plant the seeds, raise the cattle, build the industry, deliver the goods, and sell the goods, there will be no goods.
It appears easiest to simply take what we need from others, particularly when we are full of fear.
But that is a short term solution to a lifelong problem.
An Alternative Way
What if everybody tried to do their best every single day?
What if everybody gave as much as they could every day?
What would the world look like if we all did exactly the things we know we need to do, and did those things to the very best of our abilities?
How different would the world be?
The world improves or spirals into chaos depending on which path most people chose.
Am I going to be fear filled, worrying about where my next meal is going to come from?
Or am I going to have some faith in this magical place I happily find myself, and give freely knowing that will make the world a better place, and that is the only rational long-term choice?
Can we agree that everyone stealing is not going to work as a solution?
Can we agree that taking from others is not going to work?
Some would have you believe that “they are here to help”. They wax poetic of the injustices of things, and demand others pay up for the unfairness of it all.
It brings up an interesting question: How much are they giving to their favorite charities?
You see, I too have a great interest in feeding the hungry, sheltering the poor, and helping those in need. But here is the difference: For 2016, my wife and I gave 23.1% of our adjusted gross income away. 23.1%.
For our taxable income, we gave 66.5% of our income away. 66.5%.
On an actual income basis, meaning no games, we gave away 34.4% of our gross income. 34.4%. That is NOT including taxes. Just the money we gave to charity.
We put our money where our heart is. Our money. Not your money. We do not DEMAND that you put your money where our heart is. That is our job, not your job.
Which begs a question: How much do my socialist friends give to charity?
You see, when you give to charity or directly to others, it is an act of kindness. It is an act of benevolence.
But, when you do not give to charity, but demand that others give to you or to the charity YOU choose, that is not benevolence.
Can you see the difference?
I find it interesting how often I hear the very folks who are DEMANDING that others “give” to them, talking about how those others are “greedy.”
Indeed. Who is greedy?
You see, socialism seems a lot like altruism. “We are just trying to help…”
Here is a social model to consider: What if the plan was that you should work hard to improve your situation, and then, you would have the option to give to others?
Right now, my friends on the left are squealing that those “greedy” jerks won’t give their money away.
But the real reason that they presume that others will not give their money away, is because my socialist friends do not give their own money away. So, they presume that no one else will either.
Revealing, don’t you think?
To the socialist, it is an act of high honor to demand money from others.
This is the very nature of a racket.
This is false benevolence.
Indeed, it is tyranny.
A real gift is given, not demanded. If you want to help the world, go and do it. If you want to create tyranny, demand others do it.
Pretty simple really.
So, you see, I really do want to help others. I do that by giving a high percentage of my income to various charities, and directly to people in need. Charities and people of MY choice.
This allows me to hold those charities and people accountable.
We look for charities that do demonstrably great work, and are very good stewards of their assets.
Or, we look to give to people who are really trying to better themselves. Helping them get to a point of stability in their lives where they can become self sustaining. Eventually, they can become givers as well, giving back in the way they think is best.
Could there be a more perfect form of democracy? You decide what you will give to, and I will decide what I will give to.
With socialism, there is NO accountability, which is how we end up with disasters like Venezuela, or the Veterans Administration. No accountability.
With socialism, some bureaucrat decides how much money is demanded, and where that money goes. So why would we think that a bureaucrat would not simply line their own pockets, or those of their friends?
Why is it, my socialist friends, that you think that some government bureaucrat is just going to be a good person, with no evidence to show that they are, and no accountability to ensure that they are, no reason for them to be, and no example of that in history?
My giving actually DOES feed people. Real people, who come to the food pantry and get food for their family in need.
I know I am doing a real good that is helping people in real need.
I feel happy to do it.
I want to do it more, and the folks that get that food are truly grateful for the gift. They may even think that one day, they will give to the pantry, and help others the same way they were helped. And thus, this design expands naturally and in a positive, elective and free way.
With socialism, invariably the “giver” is forced, and the “receiver” becomes dependent, and demanding, which turns the “gift” into an “entitlement” for the receiver and a burden for the giver. This puts the entire giving process on its head. It is turned upside down, where the receiver DEMANDS the gift, and the giver becomes a slave.
What could possibly go wrong?
Perhaps the “giver” will figure out that they are being made the fool, and simply stop producing. Why should they continue to produce?
The givers (or producers) are demonized, because it helps the bureaucrats maintain control and justifies the constant taking, and the takers are elevated.
So why not just become a taker?
And then the producer group gets smaller.
This leads to a reduction in production.
And that leads to forced labor.
This is exactly what ALWAYS happens with socialism which is why socialism always fails.
One does not claim benevolence by demanding the fruits of other’s labor.
One is benevolent by giving of their own labor.
Socialism is an evil construct wrapped up in a false claim of kindness.
It is not kindness. It is simply a stealthy evil, which is the most powerful kind of evil.
You will know them by the fruits of their efforts.
Socialism is the greatest mass murderer in history.
So, I ask my socialist friends to share their giving, as I have above. How much did YOU give away last year? Because here is the catch: When you really do give, you realize that you do not need some huge bureaucracy to manage that giving. You can give all you can give without some government official controlling it at all.
So why not just give?
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