Sunday, August 07, 2016

When solutions are worse than the problem

There I was, developing a great deal of sympathy for a woman whose child was removed from her at birth and put up for adoption. It must be hell to have a newborn forcibly wrenched from you immediately after the birth. The thinking behind those actions had to change.

But the last paragraph in the piece lost me.

(Link to the piece is broken - see related material here)


JC said...

This is the classic "ooh, look over there!"

This lady doesn't want to address the facts and problems inherent in children out of wedlock and inadequate partner, family and personal support and instead lays the problem on society. Suddenly its the morality of society in not wanting this responsibility and not her decisions and actions that created the situation.

Many modern social problems spring from this shifting of responsibility from the individual to the group and its now socially offensive to point to individual responsibility for one's actions.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) the West has been rich enough to afford this abdication of responsibility but the likes of Venezuela show what happens when other peoples' money runs out, that is.. near total collapse of the state and civilised behaviour.

And thats the gamble we are currently in..we have placed a bet with history that we will continue to be able to afford a welfare society and our Quixotic morality.


Jamie said...


"A friend and I were talking the other night about different scenarios that need to be prepped for. During the conversation, I told him about another conversation that involved a guy questioning me on why we should prepare. The individual that asked the question of me is your typical “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” party animal. He has a Daughter. And has a hard enough time paying his bills on time.

This guy was trying to convince me that there is no point in spending money on something that “Isn’t gonna happen.” and that I was better off enjoying it for the moment than planning ahead. He asked me the question “Why should I plan for what you’re talking about? You can’t guarantee that it’ll happen, right?” My response went like this....

Me: You have a Daughter, right?

Him: Yes.

Me: Is there anything you would not do for her if it meant her survival?

Him: No!

Me: That’s my point. If she was starving, you’d steal, and maybe kill someone to feed her and keep her from dying, correct?

Him: Well I’d like to think I wouldn’t do that.

Me: Fantasy does not replace hard reality when the reaper is in your face, especially when it’s a loved one.

Him: I probably wouldn’t kill for food.

Me: So if the guy you tried to steal from caught you and you knew the only way you’d be able to feed your Daughter is to kill him and get out of there, you wouldn’t do it?

Him: Well, in that case, I guess I’d have no choice.

Me: Sure you would! You have the choice of not being in the situation to begin with by having prepared ahead of time to be able to feed your loved ones."


Ahh the Venezuela situation.

Stop over-thinking it, it could never happen in Gods Own, and if it did it'll never happen in your lifetime so live your life, it's precious.

Right Lindsay???