It's easy for me to listen to the Alarums and Scarums of the Left and hold firmly in my heart the conviction that the Left, despite all of its best efforts, will never be able to dominate the culture of Western civilization due solely to the rather crude erzatz quality of their central, core values.
Take, for instance, the recent declaration by the President:
"Adhering to this law of love has always been the core struggle of human nature. We are fallible. We make mistakes, and fall victim to the temptations of pride, and power, and sometimes evil. Even those of us with the best intentions will at times fail to right the wrongs before us.
"But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected."
I, for one, adhere to the belief that as humans, we are already perfect. That is, what we do is representative of our true nature and exhibits itself in all of the wonderful, silly, stupid and earnest things we do, every day. We are fallible. Of course we are. And, we always will be. I can't even begin to understand what the qualities of infallibility would be exhibited by persons that had fallen victim to perfection of the human condition. And yet when you read the words of the President, he outlines all the things that makes being human interesting; we're fallible, we make mistakes, we fall victim to pride, power and evil.
That is, the very essence of what it is that makes us human becomes the object of an increasing State. You don't have to read much of Leviathan to understand that there are some among us who are shocked, shocked I tell you, that human frailties have been observed in our nation.
I object to Leftism and the goals of the Left simply because I can see that these self-same people who will attempt to achieve the perfection of the human condition are themselves bound up by the same, severe limitations as those they would perfect. The condition of who is watching the watchers.
The goal of our Founding Fathers was to put into place a system of governance that would not simply limit the authority of a national government, but clearly stated that the role of government should not establish any form of religious belief as a state religion.
Watching the self-destruction of the latest state religion fad simply underscores the difference between robust religion and the cakey, ersatz qualities of attempted state religions. Oregon has been living under conditions of centralized control for 36 years. But simply gaining control over 36 counties and restricting those counties abilities to determine for themselves the scope and priorities for investment and development hasn't been enough for the Left. The movers and shakers of the Left in Oregon not only oppose the utilization of resources found in the state, but are actively spending hundreds of millions of dollars chasing Pixie Dust dreams in the form of Green Technology. Not to mention the millions spent teaching dependence on the State for such minimal personal responsibilities as providing for ones' own food, shelter and medicine.
So, on the one hand you have the Left, in the words of our President, seeking to perfect the human condition on one hand, while relieving from folks the need to be responsible for their own existence. You know, the things on "Maslow's Hierarchy" that us common grunts must attend to on a daily basis. The only problem for these adherents to Maslow is that self-actualization as a societal goal doesn't make any sense for a government policy.
And yet, here we are. We're fallible, we make mistakes, we fall victim to pride, power and evil. The thinking on the Left is, if we remove the impediments of fallibility, mistakes, pride power and evil, we can all achieve self-actualization.
Brilliant. Utopia in one step. That it has never occurred in history before is a feature, not a bug.
There are robust theories of redemption. And I would recommend that you check into these robust theories of redemption, if you are at all attracted to a view that your government can achieve the Utopic goals of the Left. Go down to your local Chamber of Commerce office and find a Church Directory. And visit until you find a church that appeals to you.
None of these churches receive funding from the state or federal government. Your attendance is never mandatory. You can choose to believe, or not. But one thing these "churches" have as a characteristic is their authenticity. Churches are places where people profess religious views and beliefs, and to do so is encouraged.
And finally, you may find something that no government program, no mandate can ever create.
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