If I were to guess, I would say that maybe a thousand people read my scribbling’s, or missives, as someone often calls them. On the grand scheme of things that really isn’t too many people, not when you consider the number of people who read the daily comics in the paper, or the sports page.
Sometimes I get so frustrated that I just can’t get people to see what is happening in this country, to THINK for themselves. Sometimes I feel that it is MY failure, MY lack of ability to explain things in simple enough terms that is the problem.
Over the past couple days I decided to take a break from writing, so I picked up my copy of Atlas Shrugged and began reading it for the second time. Although Ayn Rand was an atheist, and much of her beliefs went against my own personal beliefs, nonetheless she still had a way of showing how society can fall apart when men are controlled by government rules and regulations.
Over the course of reading Atlas Shrugged a second time around, one particular passage struck me with such force that I felt I must share it with you. It came after the trial of Hank Reardon, when he realized an important truth about his accusers. I will quote it in its entirety for you to read, and ponder for yourselves.
“Reardon stood motionless, not turning to the crowd, barely hearing the applause. He stood looking at the judges. There was no triumph in his face, no elation, only the still intensity of contemplating a vision with a bitter wonder that was almost fear. He was seeing the enormity of the smallness of the enemy who was destroying the world. He felt as if, after a journey of years through a landscape of devastation, past the ruins of great factories, the wrecks of powerful engines, the bodies of invincible men, he had come upon the despoiler, expecting to find a giant—and had found a rat eager to scurry for cover at the first sound of a human step.. If this is what has beaten us, he thought, the guilt is ours.” What struck me the most is Reardon’s thought that, the guilt was ours.
Throughout the book the people who came to be known as ‘men of the mind’ found that as society collapsed around them, they were less able to find people to do their jobs with any level of competence. I see that all the time myself and I just can’t understand why it is permitted. Why are people allowed to hold jobs where they are incapable or unwilling, to put for the effort required to do it with any level of proficiency? Why is incompetence and substandard performance tolerated?
When I was younger I read a book called The Peter Principle. The Peter Principle is summed up as “…in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence…” In other words, if you can do your job well, you are promoted until you reach a level where you no longer can do your job with any level of proficiency. But, what I see is more than just people being promoted to levels where they can no longer do their jobs. I see people coming into the workplace at entry level positions that cannot, or refuse to, do their jobs. Not only are they not disciplined, or terminated, they too are given the opportunity to advance to positions were more skill is required. Why???
Is this what has become of society, where people are entitled to a job, a house, a nice standard of living just because they exist? Has it become the burden, and the responsibility of those who are capable, those who are competent, to provide for those who aren’t?
In an 1816 letter to Joseph Milligan, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
Now we are told that society is to blame for all the suffering, that government is there to ease their suffering by taxing those who work to provide for those who can’t, or won’t. That is not what our founders intended when they established our republic!
You want to know what that sounds like? It sounds like Marxism. In his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program, Karl Marx popularized the phrase, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
According to Wikipedia, Marxism is an economic and socio-political worldview that centers around a political ideology which seeks to improve society by implementing socialism with the final goal of communism. With all the social programs implemented by our government, we appear to be well on our way to that final goal. Which leads me to my final quote for you to consider.
As I’ve already stated, I often feel that it is my fault that I have not been able to open people’s eyes to the travesty that is occurring right in front of them. Yet there was something else that I read that gave me new insight into my struggle to educate and inform the masses. I found it in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 15, and it states, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
If people wish to vote with their eyes closed, so to speak, to cast their votes for candidates whose goal is to intentionally, or through incompetence, see this country ruined, there is nothing I can do about it. If people do not want to educate themselves, if they want to remain ignorant, and blind to the truth, there is nothing I can do about it. All I CAN do is to put the information out there, available for all to read, and ponder. If their minds are so closed that they cannot see the truth, so be it, it is not my fault.
So, when this nation finally does collapse, when those who blindly vote for Republicans and Democrats without giving any thought to what the two parties have done to this country, it won’t be my fault!
I will continue to write, to provide what I see to be the truth. If people want to listen, fine. If they don’t, fine as well. But when the shit hits the fan, and people are truly suffering, I will feel no guilt for their suffering, because they did not listen. It won’t be my fault!