|Would it then follow that climbers take the hard way, but have their ups and downs? |
Is it necessarily an advantage to prefer a steadier path,
even though you may never see anything from the top? Credit - Wikipedia
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
When conservatives warn about a culture of dependency, they make a good point. People who live off entitlements often become lazy, non-productive and out-of-touch. It's a fact. I have seen it myself.
If you are no longer doing your own sweating, and depend on others sweating for you, the moral danger is the same as if you were on a government program. And in a sense you are, because conservative politicians have been devoted to satisfying your every whim for lo the past 10 years, so that any wealth redistribution that has gone on has only sent more wealth your way. And what have you done with your good fortune? Not made a whole lot of new jobs, that is for sure.
When we make statements about "all Republicans" or "all liberals" or "all Libertarians" or "all Democrats," we are barbarically hammering complex personalities into cramped pigeonholes. This action disrespects others, distorts the positions of ourselves as well as our opponents and minimizes the possibility of persuasion.